25 November 1939, Teichio, Roumeli, Greece. Karaindrou studied piano and music theory at Hellenikon Odion, Athens, and history and archaeology at Athens University. In the late 60s, she was forced to leave Greece by the military dictatorship and into the early 70s lived in Paris, France. There, she studied ethnomusicology, orchestration and conducting, then spent three years researching ethnomusicology at the Paris National Museum of Arts and Traditions. During this period, she developed her skills as a self-taught composer.
Back in Greece in the mid-70s, Karaindrou founded the Laboratory for Traditional Instrument Players in Athens; her own music is original and contemporary but she has always maintained a high interest in her homelands traditional music and its preservation. She became noted for her film music, in particular a long association with Theo Angelopoulos that began in the early 80s. She has also composed for films by...