Yiorgos Amarantidis (1944 - 2013) was born in Kapnohori, Kozani; his parents were refugees from Ano Matsouka of Pontos. At a young age, he started playing the Pontic lyra, in the company of his father Stathis Amarantidis and of local musician refugees from Pontos.
Between 1973 and 1984 he played the lyra at the theatre 'Dora Stratou' and also performed at many events both in Greece and overseas. He performed at the Opening Ceremony of the World Athletics Championships in Athens in 1977 and also at the celebration for the Olympic Games Centennary at the Kallimarmaro Panathinaiko Stadium. His has a genuine traditional style, which has remained untouched by modern elements.
He has recorded many albums, a list of which includes: Pontiako Glenti (1974 and 1990), Dora Stratou Vol. 3 (1975), Ellinikoi Horoi Vol. 3 (Greek Dances Vol. 3, 1976), Tragoudia kai skopoi tou Pontou (Songs and tunes of Pontos, 1976), Dimotika tragoudia (1978), Pontos apo genia se genia (1978), Paradosiaka tragoudia tou Pontou Vol. 4 (1979), Kai pali Paradosi (1989), Tragoudia tis xenitias (1989), Paradosiako Antamoma (1992).
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