Günter Titsch meets Mikis Theodorakis in Athen (2007)

Honorary Artistic President turns 90

The famous Greek composer and song writer Mikis Theodorakis is celebrating his 90th birthday today.

Birthday wishes

Mikis Theodorakis wrote more than 1000 songs which combine Greek folk tradition with modern poetry. He also created a number of orchestral works including seven symphonies. Apart from his songs he is well-known for his great choral works, for instance Canto General (1982) (text by Pablo Neruda) and the oratorio “Axion Esti” (1960) (text by Nobel Prize winner Odysseas Elytis). In 1964 his soundtrack for “Zorba the Greek” made him famous all over the world.

In 2007 Mikis Theodorakis was honored to be the Artistic Honorary President of INTERKULTUR: “I am happy to accept with enthusiasm and a sense of responsibility, because I appreciate the sphere of influence as well as the importance of the grand international organization and its response to their activities. Its engagement is part of the most commendable achievements in the field of musical practice and of human being: The organization arranged the distribution of music – in fact in his highest and most ideal form –, it combines people and peoples, and it inspires our inner world like scarcely anything.”

For today’s day of glory and the following years of age INTERKULTUR is wishing Mikis Theodorakis all the best!