George Theophanous (Γιώργος Θεοφάνους)

Born: January 9th, 1968, Larnaca (Cyprus)
Nationality: Cypriot

Biography
George Theophanous studied the guitar, piano, and music theory at the National Conservatory in Agios Demetios, Cyprus; subsequently, he majored in arranging at the Berklee School of Music, Boston Mass. Since 1990, he has lived in Athens, Greece, where he rapidly established himself as one of the country’s most important composers and arrangers of pop material; Theophanous worked with the likes of Marinella, George Dalaras, Nana Mouskouri, and Sakis Rouvas. In 1999, he founded the boy band One, which was highly successful in both Greece and Cyprus. Moreover, he wrote music for theatrical performances and was a jury member in the Greek version of X Factor. In 2008, Theophanous published a novel, ‘Aionios Supper’.

In 1992, when he was twenty-four years of age, Theophanous composed ‘Teriazoume’, the song which represented Cyprus in that year’s Eurovision Song Contest. It was sung by Evridiki, who was his fiancée at that time, and Theophanous himself conducted the orchestra. Two years later, the same collaboration of Evridiki with Theophanous as her composer and conductor resulted in ‘Ime anthropos ke ego’. Both these Cypriot entries finished eleventh. In 1993 and 1995, Theophanous arranged and conducted the Cypriot entries ‘Mi stamatas’ and ‘Sti fotia’. In 2002, at the request of Cypriot broadcaster CyBC, he composed a song for the contest again, ‘Gimme’, which was performed by the group he had formed himself, One. This upbeat dance song – very dissimilar from the sensitive ballads Theophanous had written for Evridiki in the 1990s – came sixth.

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

Website(s):
www.georgetheofanous.com  

  

Songs conducted
1992: Teriazoume
1993: Mi stamatas
1994: Ime anthropos ke ego
1995: Sti fotia