Savina Yannatou studied singing with Gogo Georgilopoulou and Spyros Sakkas. On scholarship from Musagetes Foundation, she attended London΄s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1979, she began working at Greek National Radio 3 (Trito Programma), mainly in collaboration with the composer Lena Platonos. Since then, she has collaborated with many Greek composers (Nikos Mamangakis, Michalis Grigoriou, Dimitris Marangopoulos, Dimitris Kamarotos, Vangelis Katsoulis).
In the 1980s, she was a founding member of Early Music Workshop ensemble in Athens. Since 1994, Yannatou has performed and recorded Sephardic and Mediterranean songs with Primavera en Salonico. Together, they have released eight CDs for Lyra and ECM, and toured all over the world, giving hundreds of concerts at renowned venues and festivals, including the Barbican and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Melbourne Concert Hall, Symphony Space in New York, London Jazz Festival, WOMAD festivals all over the world, Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, Moers New Music Festival, Rudolstadt Folk Festival, and UCLA.
As a free-jazz vocalist, Yannatou has collaborated with Peter Kowald, Barry Guy, Günther Baby Sommer, Floros Floridis, Günther Pitscheider, Gerald Preinfalk, Nikos Touliatos, and Medea Electronique.She has composed music for the theatre and for pantomime (National Theatre of Greece, National Theatre of Northern Greece, Thessalian Theatre, Neos Kosmos Theatre, and Playback Theatre for the plays: Medea, Bacchae, Iphigeneia in Aulis, Dibuk, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Persona, The Suppliants, The Arrival of Ulysses, The Woman of Zakynthos).
She has released around 30 albums as a singer, vocalist, and songwriter.