- George Leotsakos
(b Patras, April 13, 1947). Greek composer and administrator. After receiving piano tuition in Patras, he moved in 1962 to Athens, where he studied mathematics at the University (1966–70). From around 1969 to 1971 he studied composition with Papaoiannou, while continuing piano lessons with Chara Tombra. In the mid-1960s he became involved with left-wing politics, joining the Lambrakis Youth Movement headed by Theodorakis and composing popular songs to texts by eminent left-wing figures. He also wrote songs and incidental music for a number of theatre companies; his collaborations with the theatre director Henri Ronse in the 1980s took him to Vienna, Paris, and Brussels. Under his directorship the short-lived Patras Festival (...