Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou better known as Vangelis (pronounced to rhyme with "angle" not "angel") was born on 1943 in Greece.
He is a new age music star and one of most brilliant Electronic music composers. Although he has written several soundtracks in the last few decades and started composing when he was 4 years-old, he is largely a self taught musician and he does not have substantial knowledge on reading or writing musical notation. Being a keyboard player in many Greek rock bands, including the legendary Aphrodite's Child alongside Demis Roussos, he began his solo career in early 1970s. He is best known by his Oscar-winning score to the Chariots of Fire and 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Blade Runner.