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Yiannis Pipis
Birth: 25 November 1889
Argaki, Cyprus
Death: 28 January 1997
Nicosia, Cyprus
Age: 107 years, 64 days
Country: CyprusCYP

Yiannis Pipis (25 November 1889 – 28 January 1997) was a Cypriot centenarian and violinist.


Pipis was born in the village of Argaki, Cyprus on 25 November 1889.[1] He was orphaned at age 8, and began playing the violin at village weddings and feasts in 1912, at the age of 20. He played the violin for 82 years of his life. He was also practicing dentistry in a house next to where Kyriakos Keravnos worked. During his long career, he performed at 1,500 weddings and other social events, receiving several accolades for his contribution to the development of folk music. Pipis was still playing when he turned 100, earning the designation as the world’s “Most Durable Musician” in the 1991 Guinness Book of Records. Pipis was honored for his contribution to Greek folk music by the Greek Academy in Athens and by the Cyprus Education Ministry. He also won several prizes at Greek and international music festivals.

Yiannis Pipis died in Nicosia, Cyprus on 28 January 1997 at the age of 107 years, 64 days.[2] Some sources said that he was only 105 years old.