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Eleni Violaris was born in London to a family of professional musicians. Her father is of Greek heritage and her mother, Welsh. Eleni, who sings and plays the piano, flute and guitar, has been making music & taking part in professional recordings since she was five years old. As a youngster, Eleni recorded children’s solo & chorus parts on a double CD recording of a contemporary music drama entitled, ‘El Cid’, written & composed by her father (Andonis Violaris) in discussion with Placido Domingo. Andonis also wrote, composed & produced songs for the “60-million” album-selling artist, Demis Roussos.
At 12 years of age, Eleni, together with her younger brother Adam Violaris, performed & sang to a special delegation from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Geneva. This resulted in a commission to record a single & music video entitled, ‘'Children for the World - Call You Now’, to help support UNEP’s outreach programme during the ‘Year of the Mountains’ in 2002. Eleni’s stand-out solo vocal performance on the single attracted the attention of record label executives at Sony Music & Polydor. Eleni is also an actress & classical ballet dancer, who considered a dancing career after being talent scouted for the Royal Academy of Dance but decided on a professional music career instead.
Eleni went straight from college to singing, composing & writing songs (words & music) for major BBC arts programmes, including the 12-part BBC Two series, ‘Francesco’s Mediterranean Voyage’ & the landmark BBC One David Dimbleby series ‘Seven Ages of Britain’, in which she worked alongside her brother, Adam Violaris, also a composer on the series, as well as her father, who was the executive music producer of the series. Eleni performed all the vocal cues on the ‘Seven Ages of Britain’ series, including co-writing & performing the end title song in Anglo-Saxon; a concept she developed for the series. Eleni also co-wrote & performed a number of songs & cues in Latin and Hindi. Eleni also recorded two Italian arias, written & composed by Adam Violaris. It was the Italian aria for the scene of David Dimbleby in Renaissance Florence that excited & prompted Sony Classical & Warner Classics & Jazz to offer to release a soundtrack CD of the series. This encouraged Eleni & Adam to write the concept album, ‘Rainstriker’, which Warner's offered to release back-to-back with the ‘Seven Ages of Britain’ soundtrack CD.
In 2012, Eleni toured with Andrea Bocelli in the UK as a backing singer as part of the acclaimed Crouch End Festival Chorus, which included performances at the 02 Arena & the Birmingham NEC, as well as the televised Classic Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall. Eleni has also recorded backing vocals on albums by Katherine Jenkins & Lesley Garrett, again with the CEFC.
Eleni & her brother Adam were taught music privately from an early age by their father, Andonis Violaris, a successful commercial composer & music teacher. Andonis passed on to them invaluable knowledge he gained from learning with some of the finest musicians of the 20th century whilst a student at The Royal Academy of Music in the 1970s. This includes composition, orchestration, fugue, harmony & counterpoint, which he studied with the great English symphonic & operatic composer & pianist, Alan Bush, tuition with Eric Fenby (the amanuensis of Frederick Delius) & film music composition & orchestration with Leighton Lucas, who composed the music to a number of iconic British films. These included ‘The Dam Busters’ & ‘Ice Cold In Alex’, the opening title music of which was used as a ‘temp-track’ by John Williams for the opening scenes of ‘Star Wars’. Whilst at the RAM, Andonis was the winner of the prestigious ‘Lady Holland’ & ‘Eric Coates’ prizes for composition.
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“Rainstriker is a musical masterpiece”
- Gordon Bahary, Right Touch Mastering, New York
“An incredible voice & an immense contribution to
a David Dimbleby landmark BBC 1 series”
- Jonty Claypole, Director/Producer ‘Seven Ages of Britain’
“Eleni’s voice in the 'Remembering Gallipoli' scene has
extraordinary power & range”
- Basil Comely, Executive Producer of ‘Francesco’s Mediterranean Voyage’
“I think both Eleni & Adam are so talented that I wonder what they will be
like in a few years time - I will probably be at their feet!”
- Nicholas Dodd, orchestrator & conductor for David Arnold (‘Stargate’, ‘Independence Day’, James Bond).
“Adam is an incredibly talented young man & Eleni is obviously amazing! I was particularly
impressed by that opera-like section for that sequence in Florence . . . in fact, it made
it very hard for me to choose only one of the three options”
- Andrea Carnevall - BBC film editor for the David Dimbleby series, ‘Seven Ages of Britain’.
“Eleni Violaris has a unique & beautiful voice, with amazing control. Her vocals in ‘Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage’
lifted my theme to another level & it clearly had an impact on both the audience & the BBC production team. I'm
looking forward to working with Eleni once more on another major BBC series, ‘Seven Ages of Britain'".
- Chris Nicolaides, principal composer of the BBC ‘Seven Ages of Britain’ series.
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