"Vangelis" IPA: væŋɛlɪs is a world-renowned new age and electronic composer and musician, best known for his Academy Award winning composition to the movie ''Chariots of Fire'' and scores to the movies ''Blade Runner'' and ''1492: Conquest of Paradise''. His full name is "Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou" (Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου) IPA: ɛvæŋɛlɪs ɔðɪsɛɪæs ɔpæpæθænæsiu
On March 29, 1943, Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου) was born in Volos, Greece.
He began composing when 4 years old, and is largely a self-taught musician. He refused to take traditional piano lessons, and throughout his career did not have substantial knowledge of reading or writing musical notation. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Athens.
In the early 1960s he formed the pop group Forminx (sometimes spelled "Formynx"), which became very popular in Greece. Based in Thessaloniki in the north of the country, the five-piece played a mixture of cover versions and their own material, the latter written mostly by Vangelis but still sung in English, something w...