Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as The Forminx and Aphrodite's Child, with the latter's album 666 going on to be recognized as a psychedelic classic. Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries, including L'Apocalypse Des Animaux, La Fête sauvage and Opéra sauvage; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis.
In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack's single, Titles, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners' medal presentation ceremonies.
Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 52 albums, Vangelis is one of the most important exponents of electronic music.
He is best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, and scores for the films Blade Runner and 1492: Conquest of Paradise.
France made Vangelis a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1992.
In 1995, Vangelis had a minor planet named after him (6534 Vangelis) by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíu, also known as Vangelis, was born in March 29, 1943 in Vólos, Greece
Composer and arranger of eletronic, orchestral and progressive music
He's most known for the themes of 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner
Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire
"Chariots of Fire" is an instrumentalthemewritten and recorded by Vangelis for the soundtrack of the 1981 film of the same name. The recording has since been covered by numerous performers and used as theme music for various television programmes and sporting events.