Yannis studied as a scholarship holder at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He played live and in the studio with musicians such as Mike “Jonesy” Jones, Chris Jacob, Aydin Esen and Vasilis Tsambropoulos. Also with saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Jim Odgren, Lyn Dobson and Dimitri Vassilakis and bassist Manuel Orza, Xavier Padilla, Jack Kulp, Yotis Kiourktsoglou and George Fakanas. He also gave workshops together with George Kollias, Thomas Lang and Dom Famularo.
He is currently recording and touring with the internationally acclaimed jazz quartet “NUKeLEUS”. Yannis works closely with the jazz masters Craig Bailey and George Kontrafouris and also teaches at the Modern Music School in Greece. His most famous student certainly is George Kollias.