Jiannis (MMus) was in Stockholm from 1981-1990 and studied with Alvaro Is Rojas (formerly with Josephine Baker, Grady Tate) and Ola Bengtson (Head of Jazz Department, Stockholm Royal Academy).
Through 1990-1994 attended Berklee College of Music having partial scholarship (Magna Cum Laude, Professional Performance Achievement Division Award) and studied guitar with Jon Damian (tutor for Bill Frisell, Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel), and attended classes under the direction of Rick Peckham, Hal Crook, Fred Lipsius as well as having external private lessons with Jerry Bergonzi.
Started working Professionally in 1983 and since then has performed in Sweden, USA, Serbia, Greece, Cyprus and England, with numerous appearances in live music venues, on Greek national TV and international festivals.
Since 2003 he holds a MMus (Masters in Music Performance) through Leeds University.
Currently teaching on BA Jazz, BA Pop and MMus courses (principal studies, ensembles) at Leeds College of Music (2003-present) and also at the Leeds Metropolitan University (2008-present) as an instrumental tutor for the BA Pop course.
He has frequently performed all over England and Greece for the last 8 years, participating in tours and recordings as a leader and with world renowned Jazz artists David Liebman (2005, 2010) and Adam Nussbaum (2007, 2010, 2011).