Yiannis Souroullas was born in the currently-occupied village of Lysi, where he lived until the 1974 Turkish invasion. He now lives in Nicosia. He comes from a family of musicians and cantors. His long-term involvement in the traditional music of Cyprus stems from his family environment, as well as from his participation in
“SY.KA.LY.” (Artists’ Group of Lysi) since 1973, and in the “Yiangos Souroullas” choir.
He plays various string instruments and also studied Byzantine music under his late uncle Yiangos Souroullas for five years. His close collaboration with Michalis Tterlikkas and his participation, on the lute, in the latter’s musical troupe since 1991, have strengthened Yiannis’ involvement in traditional music.
He has taken part in many concerts and radio and TV programmes in both Cyprus and abroad. He has also appeared on the lute and other string instruments in several recordings and in theatre and musical theatre plays. In 1998 he played the lute and was the music supervision for Michalis Tterlikkas’ recording “Ton Gennon tzai tis Lampris” (“Christmas and Easter Songs”).