Giorgos (George) Theofanous (Greek: Γιώργος Θεοφάνους, pronounced [ˈʝorɣos θeoˈfanus]) (born in Larnaca, Cyprus on 9 January 1968) is a Greek-Cypriot composer. He has sold more than two million records and written more than 500 songs in the 1990s and 2000s. Recording artists for whom he has written and produced for include Nana Mouskouri, George Dalaras, Yiannis Parios, Marinella, Haris Alexiou, Alkistis Protopsalti, Katy Garbi, Natassa Theodoridou, Antonis Remos, Evridiki, Peggy Zina and Sakis Rouvas. His work has received a total of nine Arion Awards, which was an award show by IFPI Greece. He served as a judge on the first two seasons of the Greek edition of The X Factor.
He studied guitar, piano, and music theory at the national conservatory of Greece. He continued his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, majoring in arrangement. He has received several awards as a songwriter/producer both in Greece and Cyprus. In 1990 he settled in Athens, Greece where he began his career in the Greek music industry. In April 1993, he married Greek singer Evridiki with whom he has collaborated extensively. Together they have one son, Aggelos, who was born in 1996. The couple divorced in 2000.
In 1999, Theofanous put together boy band ONE who became very popular in Greece and Cyprus, reaching platinum sales.
Involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest
George Theofanous has composed three Cyprus entries, debuting in 1992 with singer Evridiki and the song "Teriazoume" which placed eleventh. He and Evridiki were reselected in 1994 with the song "Eimai Anthropos Ki Ego" and finished once again at eleventh place. Finally, CyBC selected Theofanous and his boy band ONE for the 2002 with the song "Gimme" which finished at sixth place. He also conducted the orchestra in the 1993 and 1995 Cypriot entries.
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Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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