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New interview with Yanni

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UAE newspaper The National has posted a great interview with Yanni. Here he talks about his success and his struggles.

Rob Garratt writes:

“There was a time, not so long ago, when Yanni disappeared without a trace. At the height of his record-breaking, famous monument-ticking, mid-1990s success, Yanni suddenly walked away from it all.

The Greek composer of swirling, innocuously uplifting instrumental music – who will perform for the first time in Abu Dhabi on Thursday and Friday – had, in his own words, “burnt out”.

“I was pretty convinced I wasn’t going to be coming back,” says 61-year-old Yanni, speaking from his home in Florida. “I found that there is a line where if you cross it, you burn out – and I found it out by crossing it.”

On the eve of a 1998 Latin American tour, Yanni pulled the plug. His gargantuan touring juggernaut had got too much – a year earlier, he had performed record-breaking gigs at India’s Taj Mahal and the Forbidden City in China, two months apart.

He fled to his parents’ home back in Greece – he did not touch a piano for a year or give interviews for two years.”

Read the complete interview here.