Yiannis Tziallas was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He began his studies in music at the age of 7.

He studied classical guitar under Evangelos Assimakopoulos and Bessy Diagoma in Nakkas music school of Athens where he also studied jazz guitar under Yiotis Samaras and Yorgos Krommydas.
Upon coming across the recordings of Django Reinhard he decided to study this particular style of jazz in Paris.

In Paris, at the age of 28, he enrolled into Swing Romane Academy where he studied under Romane himself, Boulou Ferre, Romain Constant, Daniel John Martin, Gilles Rea, Derek Sebastian and completed the “Formation Complete Artiste Musicien” in 2011.

Since then he has attended lots of workshops and has taken private lessons with many masters of the style (Samy Daussat, Noe Reinhardt, Stephane Wrembel, Pierre Manetti).

In 2015 under the supervision of Matt Warnock he received the ALCM title in Jazz performance (Associate of the London College of Music) and in 2016 he became a member of the RGT@LCM (Registry of Guitar Tutors at London College of Music).

He has a masters degree from Université Paris VIII, Musicology department, in Création Musicale et Sonore with primary discipline Jazz Improvisation.

He also plays traditional Greek, Rebetiko and Mediterranean music and works as a session guitarist in various projects.

Yiannis Tziallas teaches guitar at École de Musique Saint-Witz (95470).