Famous Greek Musicians

Find out more about the greatest Greek Musicians, including Yanni, Nia Vardalos, Tommy Lee, Vangelis and Euripides.

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Vangelis
(Composer, Record producer, Film score composer)

Vangelis
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Birthdate: March 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Volos

Greek composer Vangelis is one of the finest and most versatile figures in electronic music. He soared to international fame with his Academy Award-winning soundtrack of the film Chariots of Fire. Starting to learn the piano at age 3, he later experimented with jazz and rock-n-roll.

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Demis Roussos
(Singer Known for His Solo Hits in the 1970s and 80s, Including 'Forever and Ever', 'Goodbye')

Demis Roussos
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Birthdate: June 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: January 25, 2015

Demis Roussos was a Greek singer-songwriter remembered for his work with the band Aphrodite's Child. He also had an illustrious career as a vocal soloist and sold over 60 million albums worldwide. His works have inspired musicians all over the world, including Bollywood music director R. D. Burman, whose song Mehbooba Mehbooba is based on Roussos' Say You Love Me.

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Yanni
(One of the Best-Selling Musical Artists and Leading Figure of 20th-Century New Age Music)

Yanni
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Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kalamata, Greece

Yanni is a Greek keyboardist, pianist, composer, and music producer. He achieved international recognition by organizing and producing concerts at historic monuments, such as Taj Mahal, Burj Khalifa, and the Great Sphinx of Giza. Adhering to his one world, one people philosophy, Yanni works with musicians of various nationalities to create music that incorporates an eclectic fusion of ethnic sounds.

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Nana Mouskouri
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Birthdate: October 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chania, Greece

Greek pop icon Nana Mouskouri soared to fame all over Europe with her track The White Rose of Athens. She has sung in a wide range of languages, including German, Italian, Chinese, and Dutch. Dubbed Europe’s Barbra Streisand, she also sang the theme song of the Oscar-nominated movie The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

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Míkis Theodorakis
(Songwriter, Composer)

Míkis Theodorakis
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Birthdate: July 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chios

Greek composer Míkis Theodorakis was the famed composer of the Mauthausen Trilogy, one of the finest works centered on the Holocaust. He had also composed for movies such as Zorba the Greek and Z. An active communist and a Lenin Peace Prize winner, he was also jailed once for a military coup.  

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Dimitri Vegas
(DJ and Record producers)

Dimitri Vegas
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Birthdate: May 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Willebroek, Belgium

Dimitri Thivaios, or Dimitri Vegas, is part of a globally popular electronic duo with his brother, Michael Thivaios a.k.a. Like Mike. The Belgian-born Greek-origin DJ has performed in festivals such as Tomorrowland and co-owns the label Smash the House. The duo has also collaborated with legends such as David Guetta.

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Iannis Xenakis
(Composer)

Iannis Xenakis
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Birthdate: May 29, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brăila, Romania
Died: February 4, 2001

Born to Greek parents in Romania, Iannis Xenakis was inspired to take up music by his parents, especially his pianist mother. He lost an eye in the Greek resistance during World War II but later excelled as an architect, musician, and mathematician in France, merging music and math through his musique stochastique.

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Kostas Karamitroudis
(Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Black metal)

Kostas Karamitroudis
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Birthdate: September 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thessaloniki

Better known as Gus G, Greek heavy metal guitarist Kostas Karamitroudis soared to fame as part of legendary English singer Ozzy Osbourne’s band. He was 9 when he decided to learn the guitar and joined Berklee at 17, though he dropped out soon after to explore the metal scene on his own.

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Yannis Philippakis
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Birthdate: April 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Karpathos

Yannis Philippakis dropped out of an Oxford English course to step into music. Starting his career with the indie rock band Foals, he made it to the 2016 Forbes list of 30 under 30. Born to a Greek father and a Ukrainian mother, he was first introduced to music through Greek songs.

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Vicky Leandros
(Singer who gained international fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972 and was Greece's Woman of the Year in 2005)

Vicky Leandros
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Birthdate: August 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palaiokastritsa, Greece

One of the best-known pop singers from Germany, Greek-origin Vicky Leandros is the daughter of famous Greek composer and musician Leo Leandros. She soared to international fame representing Luxembourg in Eurovision and later won countless awards, such as the Goldene Europa. She has also released hit tracks in Japanese.

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Pantelis Pantelidis
(Singer-songwriter)

Pantelis Pantelidis
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Birthdate: November 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: February 18, 2016

Initially part of the Greek navy, Pantelis Pantelidis later quit his naval career to focus in music. A YouTube sensation, he was a self-taught guitarist, too, and soared to fame with tracks such as Den Tairiazete Sou Lew. The singer lost his life to a tragic car accident at age 32.

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Sakis Rouvas
(One of Greece and Cyprus' most popular entertainers, he made a name for himself as a recording, film, and television artist)

Sakis Rouvas
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Birthdate: January 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Corfu, Greece

Sakis Rouvas was not just a musical prodigy, having started his ballet lessons as a child, but also a national-level pole-vaulter. He later quit sports to focus on music and soared to fame with hit Greek tracks such as S'eho eroteftei and Hilia milia. He was the highest-scoring third-placed contestant on Eurovision.

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Anna Vissi
(Actress and recording artist first known for winning the Thessaloniki Song Festival in 1977)

Anna Vissi
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Birthdate: December 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Larnaca, Cyprus

A Greek music icon, Anna Vissi had started training in music at age 6 and won her first talent contest at age 12. Born in Cyprus, the singer later moved to Athens and also briefly studied law. After soaring to fame with Eurovision, she gradually became one of Greece’s best-selling artists ever.

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Despina Vandi
(Singer well known for her albums Deka Endoles and Profities, which became a multi-Platinum seller)

Despina Vandi
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Birthdate: July 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tübingen, Germany

German-born Greek singer Despina Vandi initially gained fame with her successful collaborations with songwriter Phoebus. Her 2000 single Ipofero was 6-time platinum and became Greece’s best-selling track of all time. She has also released hit Billboard-charting tracks such as Gia and Opa Opa, and has starred in musicals too.

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Elena Paparizou
(Singer-songwriter)

Elena Paparizou
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Birthdate: January 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Borås, Sweden

Helena, or Elena, Paparizou is one of Greece’s finest singers. The Swedish-born musician started her career as part of the folk/Eurodance duo Antique. She soared to fame after winning Eurovision 2005, singing My Number One, becoming the first Greek to win the contest ever. She is now one of Greece’s most powerful celebrities.

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Tolis Voskopoulos
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Birthdate: July 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kokkinia, Piraeus, Greece

Legendary Greek folk singer Tolis Voskopoulos is best remembered for his theatrical hit Oi Erastes tou Oneirou. With a career spanning over 6 decades, he also starred in many plays and movies. He was later married to Greek politician Antzela Gerekou and passed away at age 80.

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Leonidas Kavakos
(Violinist, Composer)

Leonidas Kavakos
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Birthdate: October 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Athens

Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos is regarded as one of the finest in the world. Part of a musical family, he began learning the violin at age 5 and had won 3 major competitions by age 21. He now organizes a chamber music festival and has also proved his mettle as a conductor.

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Ivi Adamou
(Singer)

Ivi Adamou
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Birthdate: November 24, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Agia Napa, Cyprus

Popular Greek Cypriot singer Ivi Adamou made her stage debut at age 9. She soared to fame with season 2 of the Greek version of The X Factor. Known as the Pop Queen of Greece, she has released scores of hit singles, such as Krata Ta Matia Sou Klista.  

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Panos Mouzourakis
(Singer-songwriter)

Panos Mouzourakis
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Birthdate: May 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Swiss-born Greek singer-actor Panos Mouzourakis is best known for his roles in the Greek series S1ngles and 4. He had first gained attention with the play Acharnis, which toured around the globe. He has also lent his voice to the Greek version of the hit Disney animated film Frozen.

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Manos Hadjidakis
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Birthdate: October 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Xanthi
Died: June 15, 1994

Legendary Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis was one of the prominent figures of Éntekhno orchestral music and was one of the first to popularize the rebetika genre. His Greek movie score Ta Pediá tou Pireá, or Never on Sunday, was the first foreign-language film track to win an Academy Award.

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Haris Alexiou
(Singer who considered one of the most popular singers in Greece and has been commercially successful since the 1970s)

Haris Alexiou
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Birthdate: December 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Thebes, Greece

One of the most popular Greek singers of all time, Haris Alexiou has experimented with genres such as folk, laika, and rebetiko. In a career spanning over 5 decades, she has collaborated with multiple artists. She also has a huge fan following in Turkey, where a street has been named in her honor.

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George Dalaras
(Musician)

George Dalaras
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Birthdate: September 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pireas, Greece

One of the most internationally renowned Greek musicians of all time, George Dalaras has been part of over 1000 concerts globally. His 2 concerts at the Athens Olympic Stadium in 1983 were among Greece’s largest. He has also been named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and has been made a Cypriot citizen.

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Mario Frangoulis
(Singer whose initial rise to international prominence came with his hit song "Vincerò, Perderò" and his rendition of the song "Nights in White Satin")

Mario Frangoulis
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Birthdate: December 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

Mario Frangoulis is a Greek theatre actor and vocalist best known for his refined tenor vocals. A commercially and critically acclaimed recording artist, Frangoulis has recorded songs in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Greek. Mario Frangoulis is also known for his charity work; he has sung in several charity galas, including the Red Cross Annual Ball.

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Marinella
(Singer)

Marinella
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Birthdate: May 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Thessaloniki, Greece

Marinella is a Greek singer best known for her longevity and versatility. Marinella, whose singing career has spanned over 65 years, is one of the most popular and respected singers in Greece. Apart from releasing several solo albums, she has also collaborated with other prominent musicians over the course of her illustrious career.

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Sakis Tolis
(Musician)

Sakis Tolis
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Birthdate: June 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Sakis Tolis soared to fame as the guitarist for the Greek black metal band Rotting Christ. Also known as Necromayhem, Tolis has played with Thou Art Lord and has co-written a book on his time with Rotting Christ. In early 2022, he announced the launch of his first solo album.

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Dimitri Mitropoulos
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Birthdate: February 18, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: November 2, 1960

Dimitri Mitropoulos was a Greek composer, conductor, and pianist. Apart from his orchestral career, he also conducted opera; from 1954 to 1960, Mitropoulos was the chief conductor of New York's Metropolitan Opera. His dramatically vivid and musically incisive performances of Puccini, Richard Strauss, and Verdi remain templates of the opera conductors' art.

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Eleni Karaindrou
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Birthdate: November 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Teichio, Fokida, Greece

Eleni Karaindrou is a Greek composer best known for her work with Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos; Karaindrou has scored many of Angelopoulos' films. A prolific composer, Eleni Karaindrou has also composed music for theatrical productions, TV series, and TV movies. In 2021, she was honored at the Ghent Festival's World Soundtrack Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Marina Satti
(Singer)

Marina Satti
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Birthdate: December 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Greek-Sudanese singer Marina Satti initially studied architecture but was later drawn to theater and jazz music and graduated from Berklee. She soared to fame with her viral track Mantissa and later established the female a cappella group Fonés and the all-female choir Chόres. She has also been part of musical plays.

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Kalomoira Saranti
(Singer who first came to prominence in Greece in 2004, after winning the Greek talent show Fame Story)

Kalomoira Saranti
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Birthdate: January 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: West Hempstead, New York, United States

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Yannis Ploutarchos
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Birthdate: December 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mavrogeia, Greece

Yannis Ploutarchos is a Greek singer-songwriter. He is widely regarded as one of the most famous laïko singers of his generation. A prolific singer, Yannis Ploutarchos has released many albums so far, including Dio Fones – Mia Psihi, which was certified 15x Platinum!

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Alkistis Protopsalti
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Birthdate: October 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Born to Greek parents in Egypt, singer Alkistis Protopsalti moved to Greece because of the political instability in Egypt. In the past, she has been Greece’s alternate tourism minister. She has not only released several platinum and gold albums, but has also sung in languages such as Chinese, Swahili, and French.

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Giannis Poulopoulos
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Birthdate: June 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kardamyli, Greece
Died: August 23, 2020

Giannis Poulopoulos was a Greek singer-songwriter who came up with several hit songs during the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. One of the highest-selling Greek singers of all time, Giannis Poulopoulos has also contributed to the Greek film industry as many of his songs have been featured in feature films.

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Maurice Abravanel
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Birthdate: January 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Thessaloniki, Greece
Died: September 22, 1993

Greek-born composer Maurice Abravanel was forced to study medicine initially but later dropped out to focus on music. He became the youngest conductor of New York’s Metropolitan Opera and also served as the director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra for over 3 decades. He received countless honors, including the National Medal of Arts

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Nikos Karvelas
(Songwriter)

Nikos Karvelas
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Birthdate: September 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pireas, Greece

Nikos Karvelas is a Greek singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known for his collaboration with his ex-wife and singer-songwriter Anna Vissi. Nikos Karvelas is also a prolific producer who has sold millions of records. In 2012, he was included in Alpha TV's list of top Greek composers in the phonographic era.

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Dionysis Savvopoulos
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Birthdate: December 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thessaloniki, Greece

While he initially studied law, Dionysis Savvopoulos soon dropped out to focus on music. The Thessaloniki-born singer hitchhiked to Athens and took up odd jobs, such as that of a nude model, to survive. Apart from his hit Greek folk/rock and rebetika tracks, he is also known for his political activism.

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Nikos Skalkottas
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Birthdate: March 21, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chalcis, Greece
Died: September 19, 1949

Nikos Skalkottas was a Greek classical composer and one of the most important members of the Second Viennese School. He also taught musicians like George Hadjinikos and John G. Papaioannou, who were responsible for publishing his music, which received posthumous appreciation. A short documentary about his life and career was released in 1988.

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Eugenia Manolidou
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Birthdate: February 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Eugenia Manolidou is a Greek classical composer, television presenter, and conductor. Apart from her musical career, Manolidou has also appeared in popular TV shows like Dancing with the Stars and MasterChef Greece. In 2014, her work La Pisanella, the girl from Pisa was honored at Key to the Future, an opera composition competition, with the Popularity Prize. 

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Phoebus
(Laïko, Pop music, Rock music)

Phoebus
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

Phoebus is a Greek songwriter best known for his association with popular singers like Katy Garbi and Despina Vandi. Most of the albums that he composes recieve critical appreciation and certification, making Phoebus one of the most sought-after songwriters. He is also counted among the most successful songwriters of the 1990s and 2000s in Greece.

Constantinos Christoforou
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Birthdate: April 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Limassol, Cyprus

Greek Cypriot singer Constantinos Christoforou was still studying when he released his first CD single, Tora pou milas. He later soared to fame with Eurovision, where he represented Cyprus and churned out hits such as Ela Ela. He was also part of One, the first boy band of both Greece and Cyprus.

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Angélique Ionatos
(Former Singer, Composer, Guitarist)

Angélique Ionatos
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Birthdate: June 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: July 7, 2021

Angélique Ionatos was a Greek singer, composer, and guitarist. Over the course of her illustrious music career, which spanned over four decades, Ionatos set and sang many classical and modern Greek texts, including those of Sappho. Consequently, Angélique Ionatos has popularized several modern and classical Greek texts. 

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Timotheus of Miletus
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Birthdate: 0446 AD
Birthplace: Miletus, Turkey
Died: 0357 AD

Greek musician and lyrical poet Timotheus of Miletus was known for his dithyrambic poetry. He served the court of Archelaus I, the king of Macedon. He was criticized by the Lacedaemonians for adding strings to the lute and by the Spartans and Athenians for adding strings to the lyre.

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Alkinoos Ioannidis
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Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nicosia, Cyprus

Born in Cyprus, Alkinoos Ioannidis failed to learn the drums due to the lack of drum trainers in Nicosia and leaned the guitar instead. He later moved to Greece to study theater and then deviated to music. Apart from performing at concerts in Greece and Cyprus, he has also headlined festivals.

Iakovos Kambanellis
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Birthdate: December 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Naxos, Greece
Died: March 29, 2011

Iakovos Kambanellis was a Greek playwright, screenwriter, poet, lyricist, and novelist. Widely regarded as the father of modern Greek theater, Kambanellis is also considered one of the most important Greek playwrights of the 20th century. In 2000, Iakovos Kambanellis was honored by the President of the Greek Republic with the prestigious medal of the Order of Phoenix.

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Marlen Angelidou
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Birthdate: September 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Greek-Cypriot singer/actor Marlen Angelidou is known for being part of Hi-5, Greece’s first all-female pop band formed through a contest. Though she initially studied management and biochemistry, she later graduated in musical theater. Known for hits such as Xero Ti Zitao, she has also lent her voice to animated characters.

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Lia Vissi
(Singer-songwriter)

Lia Vissi
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Birthdate: May 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pyla, Larnaca, Cyprus

Greek-Cypriot singer Lia Vissi is best known for her appearances on Eurovision and for her song To Katalava Arga. The elder sister of popular singer-actor Anna Vissi, Lia also ran unsuccessfully for the Cypriot House of Representatives elections, failing to get a seat from the Larnaca district.

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Andy Paul
(Singer)

Andy Paul
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Cyprus

Greek-Cypriot singer Andy Paul later moved to the UK, where he began his music career performing in pubs. He later soared to fame with the track Anna Mari-Elena, winning the Cypriot Eurovision contest, and then released hits such as Now That I Found You, which was a chart-topper in the whole of Europe.

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George Theodorakis
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Birthdate: May 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

The son of iconic Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, George Theodorakis had a short-lived career, comprising just 4 albums over a period of 2 decades. He owned the SSR and Theta studios. Though not as successful as his father, he is known for experimenting with synthesized sounds and moving away from traditional Greek music.

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Marios Tofi
(Singer)

Marios Tofi
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Birthdate: February 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Marios Tofi is a Greek Cypriot songwriter and singer best known for his participation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 where he represented Cyprus with the song Onira. He came eighth in the prestigious contest.