Born in 1996 in Canada, Yannis Shymko started playing the piano at the age of 10. He studied piano, harmony and chamber music at the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata with Stathis Gyftakis and Maria Papapetropoulou from where he graduated with the highest distinctions. In June 2018 he completed with excellence a Bachelor of Music (specialization piano) at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, in the class of Igor Petrin.
He has appeared in concerts and festivals in Russia, Holland, Italy, Hungary, Belgium and throughout Greece collaborating with artists such as Leo Winland, Andrea Huber, Tino Brütsch, with the Athens Sinfonietta and as a member of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata. Additionally, during 2018 he performed for a live broadcast of the Greek Public Radio. As a result of his interest in modern music he has recorded the complete piano works of Stathis Gyftakis.
He has distinguished himself in many competitions claiming 1st prizes at the University of Macedonia’s Chamber Music Competition 2016, the Panhellenic Competition Maria Cherogiorgou-Sigara 2014, the Panhellenic Competition “Filonas” 2013, the Panhellenic Chopin Competition “Dionysia Trust” 2012 and most recently the 2nd prize at the 8th Panhellenic Young Pianists Competition in Andros 2018.
Among others he has participated in masterclasses with Sergei Senkov, Andreas Frölich, Elena Margolina, Inge Spinette, Alan Weiss, Dora Bakopoulou, Domna Eunouxidou, Balázs Szokolay, Dionysis Mallouhos and Harald Ossberger.
Currently he is studying towards a Master of Music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels in the class of Jan Michiels.
Last updated on 27.02.2020