John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist.
With a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognisable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, E.T., the Indiana Jones series, the first two Home Alone films, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films. Williams composed the score for eight of the top twenty highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office.
Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but three of his feature films. Other notable works by Williams include theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, "The Mission" theme used by NBC News, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan's Island Williams has also composed numerous classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments.
From 1980 to 1993, he served as the Boston Pops' principal conductor, and is now the orchestra's laureate conductor.
Over his career, Williams has won 23 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 50 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams's score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time.
Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016.
In 2018, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will perform the work of John Williams as part of the Heritage Live series. Catch the performance live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Stereoboard.
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