Vangelis

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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.

Some of his other famous works are: L'Apocalypse des Animaux, Heaven and Hell, China, Antarctica, Voices and the Friends of Mr Cairo (with singer Jon Anderson of Yes).