Yanna was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1966. An educator, concert pianist, conductor, accompanist, coach and proud grandmother of four beautiful girls.

Her music heritage transcends the traditions of her family’s ancestry (Asia Minor) and the diversity of her musical education and her parents’ unusual taste in music which encompassed anything from Sinatra and Theodorakis to Wagner and Rigoletto.

Yanna is an experienced and eclectic pianist. In 1987 she was awarded the Dimitri Sgouros ‘Prize and Scholarship’ by the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki from where she graduated in 1988 with the ‘Diploma for Piano performance and teaching’. In 1987 she won a competition to represent Greece in the senior category at the ‘Jugend Musiziert’ competition in Frankfurt.

During her years at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Yanna won the Cipriani Potter Exhibition prize in her second year as a student in the ‘Advanced Studies’ postgraduate course. She studied piano with Hamish Milne, conducting with Denise Ham, Chamber Music with Malcolm Martineau and graduated with the 'Diploma of Advanced Studies' in 1990. An influential figure was the late John Streets MBE FRAM; a distinguished musician and hugely supportive tutor.

Yanna was accepted at the Eastman School of Music, U.S.A. in 1991 where she studied piano with Jeffrey Kahane. It was there that she found her love for music, musicology, theory, forged lifelong friendships, worked in a very vibrant and busy Concert Office, was inspired by the Montessori education system and performed a vast amount of chamber music. She gained her Master’s in ‘Piano Performance and Literature’ in 1993.

Yanna taught the piano in Greece since she was 16 years old and continued in the U.S.A. and UK for a few years until she decided to venture out as a secondary school music teacher and a Head or Director of Music in seven different schools across the UK until 2016, when she decided to retire from classroom teaching.

As one of the Directors of the first 'Sani Classic' alongside Director Caroline Lumsden and Mina Lazarides in Halkidiki Greece, 1994, Yanna was privileged to work with and perform with a 78-strong International Youth Orchestra.

Yanna has conducted small ensembles, bands and amateur orchestras but she mostly enjoyed conducting big scale Musicals from the piano. She worked with choirs and amateur dramatic and operatic societies.

In 2018 Yanna co-founded ANIMO, an innovative flute and piano duo, with flautist Sarah Waycott. During the 30+ years of living in the UK, Yanna created a few chamber music ensembles, more recently, KORES Trio and PRANASA both based on the same idea of collaboration, connecting through music and performing music without labels and limitations.

Both at home in intimate and grand scale settings, Yanna believes in letting music speak for itself and directly to the audience. 
  • Thermi, Greece

You can always contact me directly on my email: yzissiadou@gmail.com Have a great day!

  •  08/12/2024 04:00 PM
  •   620 Attercliffe Rd, Sheffield S9 3QS, United Kingdom

ANIMO are teaming up with one of their biggest fans and wonderful amateur singer Lindsey Barkham, to present a programme of 'Christmas with a twist'. Sarah, Yanna and Lindsey will entertain you with famous seasonal favourites, monologues and surprising twists! Carvery starts at 5:30 pm Concert starts at 7:30 pm Ticket information will appear closer to the date.

  •  14/12/2024 07:00 AM
  •   27 Newland St, Coleford GL16 8AJ, United Kingdom

ANIMO and the Drybrook and District Ladies Choir, a festive Christmas concert! Coleford Baptist Church at TBC , TBC It is with great joy that ANIMO are teaming-up with The Drybrook and District Ladies Choir for this festive Christmas concert in Coleford. Coleford Baptist Chursh is one of the best music venues in the Forest of Dean. ANIMO are really looking forward to performing our most beloved Christmas pieces and joining in with the DDLC for a moving finale. This festive concert is a wonderful opportunity to play with old friends. Yanna used to play the piano for the DDLC. Together they created the Margaret Rose Bursary which awards a cash prize to one gifted musician each year. Sarah was a recipient of the MRB and has since performed with the DDLC as a guest artist. This is a seminal concert for all artists involved and one that we hope will bring warmth and delight to all. SAVE THE DATE! December 14th 2024, time and tickets to be announced closer to the date.

  • £20
  •  07/10/2023 07:30 PM
  •   Clearwell, Coleford, UK

A magical Candlelit concert at Clearwell Caves, in the SOUND CHAMBER Cavern.

  •  06/07/2023 09:00 PM
  •   Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Thessaloniki, Greece

PRANASA goes to Greece - a lifestory story told through music

  •  07/05/2023 10:00 AM
  •   Gallneukirchen, Austria

Waltraud Wulz and Yanna Zissiadou are performing with friends and colleauges in a concert celebrating the connectivity of music and art

  •  15/01/2023 03:00 PM
  •   Church Street, St Briavels, Lydney, UK

An afternoon of glorious music with ANIMO as part of Wye Valley Music's chamber music series.