Michael Rozakis (Μıχάλης Ροζάκης)
Born: 1946, Alexandria (Egypt)
Died: January 24th, 2009
Michael ‘Mike’ Rozakis grew up in Egypt and Switzerland. He moved to Athens in the early 1960s and became the singer and bass-player of various pop groups, including The Charms. Later onwards, he had a solo career as a singer, releasing two LP’s. In 1973, he composed the music to director’s Omiros Efstratiadis psychedelic cult film ‘She knew no other way’. In the 1970s, Rozakis won fame as an excellent orchestrator; in the meantime, he studied at the National Conservatory in Athens, graduating with a diploma in fugue (1977). For four years, he was the Head of Music Entertainment at ERT, Greece’s national broadcasting service. From 1987 until his death, Rozakis worked at the National Conservatory in various capacities, including music theory teacher.
Michael Rozakis conducted three Greek Eurovision Song Contest entries: ‘Panaghia mou, panaghia mou’ by Mariza Koch in 1976, ‘Horis Skopo’ by Christos Callow in 1990, and ‘Emis forame to chimona anixiatika’ by Marianna Efstratiou in 1996. In 1981 and 1983, he was involved in the contest as the conductor of the Cypriot entries ‘Monika’ and ‘I agapi akoma zi’. All aforementioned songs were arranged by Rozakis himself, with the exception of ‘Monika’ and ‘Horis skopo’.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Michael Rozakis will be published on this website
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