Xylas was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied piano with Nikos Astrinidis and received his Diploma with Honors from the Macedonian Conservatory of Music. He has performed extensively in Greece, mainly in concerts for Two Pianos, premiering W.Bolcom’s Recuerdos in Greece, among other works, a concert that was televised. He was also rehearsal pianist and assistant chorus master for the Lyrical Opera Chorus of Thessaloniki for six years.
He currently resides in New York and has been associated with Mid-America Productions (American premiere of Theodorakis' s opera Elektra, Rossini’s Ermione, Medée and Taneyev’s opera Agamemnon) Opera Orchestra of New York, Miller Theatre (US Premiere of Oresteia by Xenakis) , New York Grand Opera and Lubo Opera (US premiere of Kalman's 1928 Operetta Die Herzogin von Chicago) as rehearsal pianist, chorus master and assistant conductor. In 1999 he made his Lincoln Center (Avery Fischer Hall) debut in New York in the triple capacity of performer, orchestrator and artistic director in a concert featuring Greek classical music. In 2002 he appeared in Washington’s Kennedy Center in a similar concert and in April 2010 he made his Carnegie Hall debut in the two pianos, percussion and chorus version of Carmina Burana.
He has performed extensively in the USA, China, Czech Republic, Greece, Honduras India, Indonesia, Poland and Spain, collaborating with singers, instrumentalists and orchestras, mastering an extensive repertoire of opera, oratorio, operetta, lied and specializing in rarely performed music and Greek Classical music. As an organist he has played the great organs of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Bartholomew’s. He is also Vice President of the Hellenic Music Foundation and a freelance orchestrator. He has performed with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra the 2nd Piano Concerto and Carnaval des Animaux by C. Saint-Saëns as well as the Double Piano Concerto in C minor by J.S. Bach.
Last, but not least, he holds a Geology Degree from the Aristotelean University of Thessaloniki and a Graduate Gemologist Diploma.