Son of the cycladitic potter Ananias Toulis, Jiannis Toulis was born in Thessaloniki (Greece), where he began to learn Violoncello by G. Manolas, I. Bianki and R. Dragnev.
He continued his cello studies firstly in the Berufsfachschule für Musik Bad Königshofen (Germany) with Dr. W. Jacksch and then in the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar (Germany) with G. Vieweg, where he graduate in February 1999 (Diploma). In the same time he studied Viola da Gamba, first with G. Vieweg in the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar and from 1999 till his graduation in the Hochschule für Musik Detmold Abteilung Münster (Germany) by H. Hickethier (Diploma).
He holds the professor position in the academic field of Violoncello and Viola da Gamba at the Ionian University Department of Music Studies in Corfu / Greece. Artistically 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 .
Together with colleagues from the Ionian University Department of Music Studies, he founded the Ionian Early Music Ensemble and the Ionian Piano Quartet. These two ensembles have a great number of concerts in Europe and in the USA as well.
The publisher Panas Music have published the composition for cello solo entitled: «A Funky Exercise» and three songs for mezzo-soprano and cello on poems by the famous German poet of the 19th century H.Heine entitled: «Neuer Frühling«.
He is Professor at the Ionian University Department of Music Studies for violoncello and viola da gamba studies. He gave violoncello master classes in many higher music institutions like “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), Conservatorio di Musica “Arrigo Boito” Parma (Italy), Trakya University State Conservatory in Edirne (Turkey).
Along with his educational and artistic duties, he is focusing on academic development, strategic planning and management in the music education sector and promoting the use of open source software in the educational process. Since 2009 he is the coordinator of the working group & development of the Musescore music composition software of the Ionian University Department of Music Studies, which has the management of the Greek translation.
In 2016, he founded the Mediterranean Music Network (wwww.mednet4music.weebly.com) of which he is still the general coordinator.