Hailed by Time magazine as “Greece’s most eloquent living composer”, Eleni Karaindrou was born in Teichio, a mountain village in central Greece, and the history and suffering of her native land have found their way into the many scores she has composed for film, TV and theatre over four decades. Karaindrou studied piano and theory at the Hellenikon Odion in Athens, but remains essentially an instinctive, self-taught composer. By the 1970s she was writing film and theatre scores, and her artistic development reached a turning point in 1979 with Christoforos Christofis’s Periplanissi (Wandering). Karaindrou had a highly productive collaboration with the Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos (1935-2012) and worked on additional titles including The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991), Eternity and a Day (1998) and The Weeping Meadow (2003), and Dust of Time (2008). In 2015, several of her compositions were used in Mad Max: Fury Road and she remains an active campaigner on behalf of her country’s musical traditions.
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