Mikis Theodorakis : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Education and Cause of Death

Mikis Theodorakis was a Greek composer and lyricist know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Education and Cause of Death

Name Mikis Theodorakis
Birthdate ( Age) 29 July 1925
Place of Birth Chios, Greece
Nationality Greek
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Myrto Altinoglou
Children George Theodorakis, Margarita Theodorakis
Parents Name not Known
Profession Greek composer
Net Worth $4 Million
Last Update September 2021

Mikis Theodorakis and his wife Myrto Altinoglou

Michail “Mikis” Theodorakis was a Greek composer and lyricist credited with over 1,000 works.He composed the “Mauthausen Trilogy”, also known as “The Ballad of Mauthausen”, which has been described as the “most beautiful musical work ever written about the Holocaust” and possibly his best work.

Politically, he was associated with the left because of his long-standing ties to the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). He was an MP for the KKE from 1981 to 1990.

Early Life and Family

Mikis Theodorakis was born on the Greek island of Chios and spent his childhood years in provincial Greek cities including Mytilene,Cephallonia,Patras,Pyrgos,and Tripoli.His father, a lawyer and a civil servant, was from the small village of Galatas on Crete and his mother, Aspasia Poulakis, was from an ethnically Greek family in Çeşme, in what is now Turkey.

He was raised with Greek folk music and was influenced by Byzantine liturgy; as a child he had already talked about becoming a composer.His fascination with music began in early childhood; he taught himself to write his first songs without access to musical instruments.

He took his first music lessons in Patras and Pyrgos, where he was a childhood friend of George Pavlopoulos,and in Tripoli, Peloponnese, he gave his first concert at the age of seventeen. He went to Athens in 1943, and became a member of a Reserve Unit of ELAS, and led a troop in the fight against the British and the Greek right in the Dekemvriana.

Mikis Theodorakis Wife

Mikis Theodorakis is married with wife Myrto Altinoglou in 1953.The Couple have two children also named George Theodorakis, Margarita Theodorakis.

Mikis Theodorakis Net Worth

Theodorakis was a Greek composer and lyricist Who has an estimated Net Worth of $4 million in 2021.

Professional Career

In 1954, he travelled with his young wife Myrto Altinoglou to Paris where he entered the Conservatory and studied musical analysis under Olivier Messiaen and conducting under Eugene Bigot.His time in Paris, 1954–1959, was his second period of musical writing.

His symphonic works: a Piano concerto, his first suite, his first symphony, and his scores for the ballet: Greek Carnival, Le Feu aux Poudres, Les Amants de Teruel, received international acclaim. In 1957, he won the Gold Medal in the Moscow Music Festival; President of the Jury was Dmitri Shostakovitch.

In 1959, after the successful performances of Theodorakis’s ballet Antigone at Covent Garden in London, the French composer Darius Milhaud proposed him for the American Copley Music Prize – an award of the “William and Noma Copley Foundation”,which later changed its name to “Cassandra Foundation” as the “Best European Composer of the Year”.

His first international scores for the film Ill Met by Moonlight and Luna de Miel, directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, were successful: The Honeymoon title song became part of the repertoire of The Beatles.

His song cycles are based on poems by Greek authors, as well as by García Lorca and Neruda: Epitaphios, Archipelagos, Politia A-D, Epiphania, The Hostage, Mykres Kyklades, Mauthausen, Romiossini, Sun and Time, Songs for Andreas, Mythology, Night of Death, Ta Lyrika, The Quarters of the World, Dionysos, Phaedra, Mia Thalassa, Os Archaios Anemos, Ta Lyrikotera, Ta Lyrikotata, Erimia, Odysseia. Theodorakis released two albums of his songs and song cycles on Paredon Records and Folkways Records in the early seventies, including his Peoples’ Music: The Struggles of the Greek People (1974).