Born as Evangelos Papathanassiou on Mar 29, 1943 in Valos, Greece, Vangelis is a composer of electronic, ambient, jazz, pop/rock and orchestral music. To most people he is best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film 'Chariots Of Fire', and composing scores for the films 'Antartica', 'Blade Runner', '1492: Conquest Of Paradise' and 'Alexander', as well as the use of his music in the PBS documentary 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage' by Carl Sagan.
Vangelis began his professional music career working with several popular Greek bands in the '60s such as The Forminx and most notably Aphrodite's Child. Throughout the 1970s Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream.
In the early '80s, Vangelis teamed up with Yes vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson (solo, Yes). The duo recorded a series of successful and critically acclaimed albums under the name Jon & Vangelis. In 1981 Vangelis composed the score for the Oscar-winning film 'Chariots Of Fire', which won him an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack's single “Titles” reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was most recently used as theme music at the London 2012 Olympics.
In a career spanning over 50 years, writing and composing over 50 albums, Vangelis is regarded as one of the greatest composers of electronic music of all time.
Sadly, Vangelis passed on 17 May 2022.