The strength of Eleftheria Arvanitaki's voice is unlimited. It springs forth from the
living tradition of rebetiko, combining styles of the Mediterranean and the Orient with
those of traditional Greek folk music.
Her career began when she was one in a group of amateur musicians who, at the beginning of
the 1980s in Athens, successfully revived rebetiko. It was as the lead singer of this
group, Opisthidromiki Kompania, that she made her first recordings. Her voice immediately
stood out, and in 1985, she set out on a solo career as one of the most promising female
vocalists in Greece. Since then, her voice and natural ability to combine traditional and
contemporary Greek music have attracted the talents of renowned Greek composers, lyricists,
In 1998, Ms. Arvanitaki was the first Greek singer to be introduced to an international
audience by the Verve jazz label with the album Eleftheria Arvanitaki: The Very Best of
1989-1998. Since then, Verve has released all of her albums worldwide. She also appeared on
the album Gifted: Women of the World, featuring nine female singers from around the
world-including Estrella Morente and Susana Baca-who explored and celebrated the female
In 2004, Ms. Arvanitaki took part in the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in
Athens. During the summer of that year, Philip Glass invited her to join his project Orion,
a work inspired by the musical traditions of five continents. Ms. Arvanitaki was the only
European singer who participated in this project. The live recording was released in June
In addition to her recording success, Ms. Arvanitaki gives more than 150 concerts all
around the world each year. She has performed throughout Spain, Germany, Austria, UK,
Belgium, France, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Finland, and more. She has
also toured to Australia, Japan, South Africa, and the US. Some of her most important
concerts have been two sold-out performances at the Sydney Opera House and one at the Arts
In September 2010, Ms. Arvanitaki traveled to the Ivory Coast as a UNICEF Ambassador.
During the fall of that same year, she traveled to Hungary, where she performed at the
Palace of Arts in Budapest and in the Netherlands. In December, she gave two sold-out
concerts at the Athens Concert Hall to benefit the Breast Cancer Action Foundation. The
following year, Ms. Arvanitaki performed a series of sold-out concerts in Athens' Pallas
Theatre. She continued to the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. She also toured Greece,
Cyprus, and Central Europe.
Her collaborations with internationally acclaimed artists such as Cesaria Evora, Téofilo
Chantre, Dulce Pontes, Amaral and Carlos Núñez, Ara Dinkjian, and Arto Tuncboyaciyan are
indicative of her artistic flexibility. Some of the top artistic moments of these
partnerships appear in her internationally released album To the Edges of Your Eyes. One of
her most important collaborations has been with two-time Grammy-winning Spanish composer
and producer Javier Limón, first on her album Mirame (which combines a variety of sounds
and rhythms from Greece, Spain, Cuba, and Northern Africa), and later on Limón's concept
album Mujeres de Agua, along with Mariza, Estrella Morente, Buika, and La Shica.
In October 2007, Ms. Arvanitaki accepted an invitation to participate in the Foruma
Universal de las Culturas, a global event that occurs every three years and connects
cultures from all over the world. Later that year, she released another compilation of
greatest hits, the double-disc Dinata 1986-2007.
Eleftheria Arvanitaki's art extends across three decades of songs that remain timeless in
the Greek music scene-collaborations with important artists from all over the world and
successful performances on five continents.