He was born in Athens and started his career in 1990 singing rebetika and laika.
His first personal album “INNOCENT GUILTY” was released in 1996 with music by Panayotis Kalantzopoulos and Evanthia Reboutsika and Aris Davarakis’ lyrics.
This first CD was followed by “JUST A KISS” in 1997 (music: Evanthia Reboutsika, lyrics: Eleni Zioga), “GUARDIAN ANGEL” in 1999 (music: Antonis Mitzelos, lyrics: Eleni Zioga), “IT’S OUR LIFE” in 2000 (music: Evanthia Reboutsika, lyrics: Aris Davarakis), the single “IN ONE GO” in 2001 (music: Lavrentis Macheritsas, lyrics: Isaac Sousis), the double album “YIANNIS KOTSIRAS LIVE” in 2002, which within a few months sold 120.000 copies, in 2003 his sixth personal album was released with the title “WOODEN HORSE” with music by Lavrentis Macheritsas and lyrics by Isaac Sousis and the DVD “WHAT SONG CAN I SING YOU”, «30 SOMETHING» in 2004 with music and lyrics by Manolis Famellos and Kostas Leivadas. In one of the new songs lyrics are written by Haris Alexiou while is included also a song that music and lyrics are written – for the first time – by Yiannis Kotsiras.
Yiannis Kotsiras has participated in recordings with Nikos Portokaloglou, Nikos Antypas, Dimitris Papadimitriou and Haris Alexiou, besides taking part in the albums dedicated to Dionysis Savvopoulos to Yiannis Markopoulos and to Mikis Theodorakis.
He has appeared live with Haris Alexiou, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Dimitris Basis, Kostas Makedonas. He has gone on several summer tours.
Official Website: http://www.kotsiras.gr