Mikis was born on the Greek island of Chios on 29 July 1926, fought as a communist partisan against the German Nazi occupation and, at the age of 18, was arrested and tortured for the first time. During the military coup in April 1967 - staged with Nato’s help, Theodorakis immediately went underground from where he called for resistance, and despite being banned, his songs continued to be sung worldwide. Mikis’ compositions are manifestos against torture, war and fascism. He composed the soundtracks to the films Alexis Zorba and Z and created the music of the ‘Canto General’ after the words by Pablo Neruda. All are unforgettable!
I am very happy that I was able to meet this inspiring person, a musician, a composer and anti-fascist and that we were able to make music together. On his 96th birthday I wrote:
“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the many wonderful and so important encounters I had with you!”
You are an enrichment to so many of us and your personality, your attitude to life, your commitment, your inspiration reflected in your music have truly shaped my work.
"Your Galaxy" has become a cultural heritage worldwide and has significantly contributed to the movement for the development of a peace culture.
For this we will be forever grateful to you”.
That is why I and so many others will continue to sing your songs in many languages now and in the future.