Born in Thessaloniki (Greece), where he began to learn Violoncello by G. Manolas, I. Bianki and R. Dragnev.
He continued his cello studies firstly at the Berufsfachschule für Musik in Bad Königshofen (Germany) with Dr. W. Jacksch and then at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar (Germany) by G. Vieweg. In the same time he studied Viola da Gamba, first by G. Vieweg (Weimar) and Siegfried Pank (Leipzig) and later in the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold Abteilung Münster (Germany) by H. Hickethier.
He is mainly as soloist and chamber music performer active with many concerts and recordings for radio and TV broadcasts in Europe and in the USA.
He is an Associate Professor at the Ionian University Department of Music Studies for violoncello and viola da gamba studies. He gave master classes for violoncello in the “Karl Lepinski” Music Academy in Wroclaw (Poland), Toledo State University (USA), Bowling Green State University (USA), Mahidol University (Tailand), University of Applied Sciences of Turku (Finland), Conservatorio di Musica “Stanislao Giacomantonio” (Cosenza, Italy), Barenboim-Said Conservatory (Nazareth, Israel), “Stanislaw Moniuszko” Academy of Music in Gdansk (Poland), Conservatorio Superior de Música “Salvador Seguí” de Castellón (Spain), and the Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Adolfo Salazar” de Madrid (Spain) Conservatorio Superior de Castilla La Mancha in Albacete (Spain) and Conservatorio di Musica “Arrigo Boito” Parma (Italy).
Along with his educational and artistic duties, he is focusing on academic development, strategic planning and management in the music education sector.
He was a member of the Working Group 5 of the Polifonia Project which was the biggest European project on professional music training till today, with 55 institutions involved from the field of music training and the music profession in 26 European countries and 4 countries outside Europe, and was jointly coordinated by the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag and the AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen).
Jiannis Toulis is the General Coordinator of the Mediterranean Network for Music (MedNet4Music).