Dr. Yiannis Miralis is Associate Professor of Music Education and Saxophone at European University Cyprus, where he teaches music education courses, applied saxophone and chamber music courses, as well as directing the Symphonic Band of Strovolos Municipality-European University Cyprus. Miralis is also the coordinator of the graduate program in Music Education, as well as the International Relations coordinator of the Department of Arts.
He holds degrees from the Pedagogical Academy in Cyprus (Teacher’s Diploma), as well as Lawrence University (BM), Bowling Green State University (MM) and Michigan State University (PhD) in the USA. His areas of interest are instrumental music education, saxophone chamber music, world music pedagogy and multicultural music education.
Miralis served as Assistant Professor at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho and he has also taught at the University of Windsor in Canada and the University of Cyprus. He also has a rich teaching experience in all levels (K-10) and in various public and private schools in Cyprus and the United States. He has presented workshops and papers in various national and international conferences in the areas of music education, ethnomusicology and saxophone and his articles appear in international music journals.
As the first Cypriot classical saxophonist he has performed numerous times with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and has extensive performing experience as a solo and chamber music performer. Overall, he has performed in Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Lebanon, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, Sweden and the USA. He is founding member of the Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet and the Mediterranean Trio. He is a founding member of the Greek and Cypriot saxophone associations, current chair of the ISME Forum for Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and board member of the European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association (ECMTA).