Eleni Karaindrou (Greek: Ελένη Καραΐνδρου) (born 1941) is a Greek composer, born in the village of Teichio in Phocis, Central Greece, on November 25, 1941. She is best known for scoring the films of Greek director Theo Angelopoulos.

Karaindrou moved with her family to Athens when she was eight years old, and she studied piano and theory at the Hellenikon Odeion (Hellenic Conservatory). She also attended history and archaeology classes at the university. With the Greek military junta of 1967–1974 she moved to Paris in 1967, where she studied Ethnomusicology and Orchestration, and improvised with Jazz musicians. Then she began to compose popular songs.

In 1974 she returned to Athens where she established a laboratory for traditional instruments and collaborated with the department of Ethnomusicology of the radio. In 1976 she discovered ECM Records, and appreciated the creative freedom offered by the label. This was a period of high productivity for her; she was also introduced to music for the theater and the cinema. Karaindrou has stated that her own personal style emerged in working on soundtracks, and that the relationship between images and movements created a new space for her to express emotions.

Her first soundtrack album was released in 1979 for the movie Periplanissi by Christoforos Christofis. In 1982 she won an award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and was noticed by Theo Angelopoulos, who was serving as president of the jury. Karaindrou collaborated with the Greek director on his last eight films, over the period 1984 to 2008.

Karaindrou is very prolific. By 2008 she had composed music for 18 full-length movies, 35 theatrical productions and 11 TV series and television movies. Among the screen directors she has worked with are Chris Marker, Jules Dassin and Margarethe von Trotta. In 1992 she received the Premio Fellini award. Recently, her compositions "Elegy for Rosa" and "Refugee's Theme" were featured prominently in the 2015 blockbuster film Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Η μεγάλη αγρύπνια Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 2
2014 Medea Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Theo Aggelopoulos: Paysage dans le brouillard / Le voyage a Cythere / L' apiculteur Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 2
1991 Music for Films Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1
1991 Ανέκδοτες ηχογραφήσεις Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Ωδείον Ηρώδου Αττικού, 6 Σεπτεμβρίου 1988 Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1
2006 Elegy of the Uprooting Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1
2013 Concert in Athens Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Ρόζα / Περιπλάνηση Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 4
1984 Ταξίδι στα Κύθηρα Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1
1986 Ο Μελισσοκόμος Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 4
1990 L' Africana Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 2
1991 Το μετέωρο βήμα του πελαργού Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 5
1995 Ulysses' Gaze Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 2
1998 Eternity and a Day Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1
2002 Trojan Women Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1
2004 The Weeping Meadow Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1
2006 Herod Atticus Odeon, September 6, 1988 Eleni Karaindrou 1
2008 Το 10 Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1
2009 Dust of Time Ελένη Καραΐνδρου 1

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