Yiannis Papadopoulos was born in 1987. He began playing piano at the age of 6. He studied jazz performance at the Ionian University of Corfu. While a university student he represented the Ionian University at the 19th IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) in Lucerne (in 2009).
He is a co-founding member of the The Next Step Quintet / Quartet and he has been playing in the group’s recordings and live performances since 2013 when it was formed. The Next Step have collaborated and performed with Tivon Pennicott (live performances and full album recording) and JD Walter (live only).
Papadopoulos is an active musician on the Greek jazz scene and apart from performing with the The Next Step he regularly performs as a side man of leaders such as Yiorgos Fakanas, Takis Paterelis, Billy Pod, Alexandros Drakos Ktistakis, Michalis Katachanas and others.