George Catsaros (Γιώργος Κατσαρός)

Born: March 7th, 1934, Corfu (Greece)
Nationality: Greek

George Catsaros is an accomplished alto saxophonist. He is, however, best-known for composing popular Greek songs for many artists, including Nana Mouskouri, Trio Athénée, Keti Garbi, and Lefteris Pantazis. Currently, Catsaros works as the art director of the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra.

George Catsaros composed and conducted Greece’s first Eurovision entry, the bouzouki dominated ‘Krassi, thalassa ke t’agori mou’ in 1974. It was sung by Marinella and finished eleventh among seventeen competing entries. In 1982, Catsaros again wrote the Greek entry, this time ‘Sarantapente kopelies’ for Themis Adamantidis, but the song was withdrawn from the competition at the instigation of its Minister of Cultural Affairs, Melina Mercouri. Thus, Catsaros was denied the opportunity to conduct in the Eurovision Song Contest for a second time.

In due course, a more extensive biography of George Catsaros will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1974: Krassi, thalassa ke t'agori mou