John Williams (soundtrack composer & conductor)

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Middle name: Towner

Suboptimal Credits: conductor laureate, boston pops, 1995–

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John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist. He is considered one of the greatest film composers of all time. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock's final film), the Star Wars series, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the first two Home Alone films, Hook, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, the first three Harry Potter films, Catch Me If You Can, Memoirs of a Geisha, War Horse, and Lincoln. He has had a long association with director Steven Spielberg, composing the music for all but one (The Color Purple) of Spielberg's major feature-length films.

Other notable works by Williams include theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, the NBC Nightly News, the Statue of Liberty's rededication, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the original, not as well known calypso-based theme song to Gilligan's Island. Williams has also composed numerous classical concerti, and he served as the Boston Pops Orchestra's principal conductor from 1980 to 1993; he is now the orchestra's conductor laureate.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards and 21 Grammy Awards. With 49 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated person, after Walt Disney. Williams was honored with the annual Richard Kirk award at the 1999 BMI Film and TV Awards, recognizing his contribution to film and television music. Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1957 World on a String John Williams 2
1974 Music for Cello and Piano Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев, David Ward-Steinman; Edgar Lustgarten, John Williams 2
1978 Music From John Williams' Classic Film Scores: Close Encounters of the Third Kind / Star Wars John Williams; National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt 5
1980 Pops in Space John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 4
1980 Pops on the March John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1980 That's Entertainment John Williams & Boston Pops 2
1982 Aisle Seat: Great Film Music John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 3
1983 On Stage John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1983 The Star Wars Trilogy: Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi John Williams; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Varujan Kojian 4
1983 Violin Concerto / Flute Concerto John Williams; London Symphony Orchestra, Mark Peskanov, Peter Lloyd, Leonard Slatkin 2
1984 Swing, Swing, Swing John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 3
1984 With a Song in My Heart Jessye Norman, Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 1
1986 Bernstein by Boston Bernstein; Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 2
1986 Holst: The Planets John Williams 1
1987 Digital Jukebox John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1988 The Empire Strikes Back: Symphonic Suite John Williams 4
1989 The Best of John Williams John Williams; Philharmonic Rock Orchestra, Richard Hayman 2
1990 Pops A La Russe John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1990 Music of the Night: Pops on Broadway 1990 The Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 2
1990 We Wish You a Merry Christmas John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1991 The Greatest Music of John Williams John Williams 1
1992 Kid Stuff: An Afternoon at the Movies John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1992 Joy to the World John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1992 Over the Rainbow: Songs From the Movies John Williams 1
1992 The Green Album John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1993 Unforgettable John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1993 Night and Day John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1993 Kino Klassiker John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1994 It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing! John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1995 Salute to America Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 1
1995 Space and Time John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1996 Summon the Heroes John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra 7
1996 Cinema Serenade Itzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, John Williams 2
1997 The Hollywood Sound London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams 1
1997 John Williams: The Five Sacred Trees / Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain John Williams, Alan Hovhaness; London Symphony Orchestra, Judith LeClair, John Williams 2
1998 From Sousa to Spielberg John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1998 Gershwin Fantasy George Gershwin; Joshua Bell, London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams 1
1998 The Magic of John Williams John Williams; Orlando Pops Orchestra 1
1999 Keisuke Wakao Plays Music of John Williams John Williams; 若尾圭介 1
1999 A Tribute to the Music of Star Wars John Williams 3
1999 Cinema Serenade 2: The Golden Age Boston Pops Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman, John Williams 1
2001 American Classics John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
2001 TreeSong / Violin Concerto / 3 Pieces from Schindler's List John Williams; Gil Shaham, Boston Symphony Orchestra, John Williams 2
2002 Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams John Williams; Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles, Yo‐Yo Ma, John Williams 2
2002 Williams: Essay for Strings, Trumpet Concerto / Kaska: Harp Concerto, A Long Way John Williams, Kevin Kaska; London Symphony Orchestra, Ronald Feldman 1
2004 Music From The Star Wars Saga John Williams; City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Paul Bateman 2
2005 Williams: Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble / Penderecki: Pittsburgh Overture / Mayuzumi: Music with Sculpture John T. Williams, Krzysztof Penderecki, Toshiro Mayzumi; Eastman Wind Ensemble, Donald Hunsberger 2
2007 Movie Masterpieces John Williams; GöteborgsMusiken, Alexander Hanson 2
2008 20th Century Tuba Concertos Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ալեքսանդր Գրիգորի Հարությունյան, John Williams, Torbjörn Iwan Lundquist; Øystein Baadsvik, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Anne Manson 2
2008 Duos for Violin and Viola John Williams, Aaron Copland, Louis Spohr, Bohuslav Martinů, Jakov Jakoulov, Alessandro Rolla; Victor Romanul, Michael Zaretsky 1

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