Vangelis (1942) is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, and orchestral music. He is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire. He works almost exclusively with electronic instruments. A self taught musician, Vangelis has been composing since the age of four, but cannot read or write musical notation. Before going solo, Vangelis was a member of the mid-60s pop group, Forminx and the early progressive rock group, Aphrodite's Child. Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 50 albums, Vangelis is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of electronic music.