Yannis Pantazis

Yannis Pantazis was born in the mountain town of Grevena, Macedonia, Greece. He was raised in a musical home, his father and great grandfather were both percussionists, and inspired early on by the unique musical culture of his region, Epirus.

His musical career began at the Conservatoire Delidemos Lazaros (Thessaloniki) and the Conservatoire Christos Papoulakos (Larissa), where he studied music theory and saxophone. From there he went on to join the ethno-Greek ensemble Namaste, with whom he toured Greece and the Balkans. After his time with Namaste he was inspired to seek out his roots in the traditional sounds of Greece, he was especially captivated by a childhood memory of a particular sound, that sound was the keening of the ancient Greek bagpipe, the Tsabouna.

In 2005 Yannis travelled to the island of Naxos to learn how to construct and play the Tsabouna from a local shepherd. Traveling on to the island of Santorini he began playing the Tsabouna at traditional village festivities and thereby reawakened interest in an instrument whose sound hadn’t been heard in a generation. In 2012 together with his spouse Argy Kakissis, they established La Ponta, the Greek Bagpipe Exhibition Workshop in the castle of Akrotiri, Santorini. In 2018 La Ponta expanded and relocated to the traditional village of Megalochori, Santorini and opened the doors to SYMPOSION by La Ponta a cultural center offering an immersive experience of music and mythology to visitors from around the world, housed in an extraordinary former winery dating to the turn of the century. Here Yannis performs on the Tsabouna and an array of instruments he constructs himself in his workshop. He also leads instrument-making workshops for adults and children and gives daily presentations and evening performances that introduce travelers to the Greek sound world.

Yannis’ role in the reinvigoration of the bagpipe has been covered locally and internationally by various media outlets, including OTE history, ET3, BBC2 Scotland, RAI3 Italy , NDR Germany, French TV5, National Geographic Traveler and Songlines Magazine. Some of the  International projects he participated in include,  Folk Music in Museums, which brought together young musicians playing old instruments, supported by the Culture Program of the European Union 2011-2016 . In 2019 Yannis participated in the musical production of Homer's Odyssey by National Drama Theater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria the 2019 European Capital of Culture.


Music Lessons

Yannis offers private music lessons for all ages that include a variety of hand crafted instruments that he constructs in the workshop. 

No experience needed. 

"Music is a toy, that's why we say, I play" Y.P.

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Apprenticeship Program

If you are on the island of Santorini and have time and curiosity to spare we invite you to join Yannis as an apprentice in his workshop.


The position offers great rewards in instrument-making skills and related knowledge. 

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Open Tuesday - Sunday

March - October

Free Admission

Megalochori Village

Santorini, Greece 847 00

M. +30 6937 520 736
T.   +30 22860 85374


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