Vangelis was a Greek musician and composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, and orchestral music.

On March 29, 1943, Vangelis was born in Agria, a coastal town in Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece. He was reared in Athens.


Odysseus, his father, was a real estate agent and sprinting enthusiast, according to his son, who called him “a tremendous fan of music.”

Nikos was his only sibling. Even from the tender age of four, Vangelis showed a keen interest in music, playing around with noises on the family piano and writing compositions using household items such as nails and kitchen pans.

After his parents signed him up for music lessons at the tender age of 6, Vangelis later admitted that his studies had failed because he preferred to work on his own skill instead of relying on others.

Vangelis Career & List Of Awards Won

As well as scoring Chariots of Fire (1981), Blade Runner (1982), Missing (1982), Antarctica (1983) and 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), he also composed the music for the 1980 PBS documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan, which featured the use of his music.

As a member of the 1960s pop bands The Forminx and Aphrodite’s Child, Vangelis developed a reputation as a pioneer of progressive-psychedelic rock with the release of 666 (1972).

L’Apocalypse des Animaux, La Fête sauvage and the Opéra Sauvage were some of Vangelis’ best-known scores from the 1970s, bringing him into mainstream film scoring.

While working as a Yes keyboardist in the early 1980s, Vangelis collaborated with the band’s lead singer Jon Anderson to establish Jon & Vangelis; the duo made four albums together before Anderson departed the band.

Vangelis in his musical career won two awards. These Awards are Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1982 and International Rock/Pop Male Artist in 1996.