Thanos Mikroutsikos

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  • Birth

    Thanos Mikroutsikos He was born on 13 April 1947 in Patra.
  • Childhood and Studies

    Childhood and Studies
    His musical talent was obvious at an early age. He studied piano in the Philharmonic Society of Patras and in the Hellenic Conservatory. In addition, he studied Mathematics at the University of Athens. As a child he had many problems because of his father's political believes.
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    1,975 BCE

    First steps

    He began composing at the end of the 1960s but only officially debuted in 1975, with the release of his album Politika Tragoudia ('Political Songs'). He continued on this compositional path, setting to music the poems of Giannis Ritsos, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Manos Eleftheriou and Bertold Brecht, amongst others.
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    He has worked with many renowned singers such as Maria Dimitriadi, Haris Alexiou, Manolis Mitsias, Dimitris Mitropanos, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Christos Thibaios and Giannis Koutras, amongst others. His music has been particularly well received and recognised in Western Europe. During his compositional career, he has managed to liberate the form of Greek song, adding together elements from the modernist and classical western tradition.
  • Album

    Cantata for Makronisos
  • Album

    The Southern Cross
    It set to the poetry of Nikos Kavvadias, opened up further musical avenues for Mikroutsikos, combining theatre, electronic music and atonality. With the same devotion to poetry, he continued to set the works of Giannis Ritsos, Alkis Alkaios, François Villon, and Constantine P. Cavafy, amongst others.
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    He was appointed as Deputy Minister of Culture by the Panhellenic Socialist Movemen (PASOK)
  • Honor

    He was honored for his music in the theater with the "Dimitris Mitropoulos" award from the Center for the Study and Research of the Greek Theater (Theater Museum).
  • Deth

    He died on 28 December 2019, after a long fight with cancer, at age 72.