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Yiannis Ploutrhos

Yiannis Ploutrhos

One Saturday in May 2009, over 7,000 people met together at a venue by the Yarra in Melbourne, Australia. All united by a cause. A cause led by a man with a big heart – Yiannis Ploutarhos.

The Greek- Australians of Melbourne would like to thank Yiannis Ploutarhos for leading the way and donating his time and performance to help youth with special needs.

Donations made on the night to Agapi Care were $151,800 from Theo Kanatas, $100,000 from Bank of Cyprus and $13,000 from the Pan Cretan Association. A home has been purchased in Clayton South. Over the coming months, this home will be outfitted with further donations to make it suitable for permanent residency for youth with special needs.

This home will always bear the Ploutarhos’ legacy. Thank you to our sponsors, patrons and supporters for making Yiannis’ dream become a reality.

Yiannis Ploutarhos is a popular Greek singer and songwriter. He is considered one of the most popular laïko singers of his time, and has been characterized with having a genuine laïko voice. To date, he has released eleven studio albums along with one greatest hits album.

Yiannis Ploutarhos was born as Yiannis Kakossaios on 18 December 1970 in the small village of Mavrogia, outside Orchomenos. Ploutarhos comes from a poor rural family, which long struggled to make ends meet. He first started singing at age six, while his whole family would sing while working to get through the day. His first musical influences came from Dimotiká and traditional Byzantine music. Ploutarhos lived there until the age of sixteen, at which point he decided to move to Athens to pursue his dream of becoming a singer. He had told his family he wanted to move the Athens to study Hairdressing.

Once in Athens, Ploutarhos began working during the day at a hair salon while singing at clubs at night. His first gig was at a small club in Korydallos. Disappointed by the prevailing conditions in the music business, he abandoned singing twice and pursued other occupations to support himself.

Despite previous disappointments, Ploutarhos’ love of music pushed him back into the business and just two years after his first performance, he started appearing at club Rodolfo, which was followed by appearances at bigger clubs such as Neraida, Fantasia, and Tonel where he collaborated with well known laïka names such as Yiannis Poulopoulos, Rita Sakellariou, Themis Adamantidis, as well as Contemporary aïka artists such as Stelios Rokkos and Giorgos Mazonakis.

Around that time, Ploutarhos came into contact with Dimitris Kardatzis and Ilias Filippou who believed in his talent, and got him in touch with his first producer Girgos Makrakis, who is credited with inspiring his stage last name “Ploutarhos”. The rest as they say is history.

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Yiannis Ploutarhos Charity Concert May 2009

One Saturday in May 2009, over 7,000 people met together at a venue by the Yarra in Melbourne,...

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