The Greek pianist Janis Vakarelis enjoys a major international career since winning the 1st Prize at the Queen  Sofia International Piano Competition in Madrid with appearances in Europe, North and South America, Japan and the Far East.

He has worked with many eminent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Neville Marriner, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy,

Christoph Eschenbach, Marek Janowski, performing with the leading orchestras such as the Staatskappelle Dresden, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Mozarteum Salzburg, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, among others.

Janis Vakarelis has recorded extensively over the years for RCA (Brahms,Prokofiev), ASV (Brahms), RPO Records (Liszt, Prokofiev, Gershwin) which earned him extraordinary reviews in Gramophone, Classical Music and Diapason.