John Williams (soundtrack composer & conductor)

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Middle name: Towner

Suboptimal Credits: conductor laureate, boston pops, 1995–

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Legal name: John Towner Williams

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John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and the first three Harry Potter films. Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for the majority of his feature films.

Other notable works by Williams include theme music for the Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, the 2011 film The Adventures of Tintin, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the original theme song to Gilligan's Island. Williams has composed numerous classical concerti and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments; he served as the Boston Pops' principal conductor from 1980 to 1993, and is now the orchestra's laureate conductor.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 22 Grammy Awards. With 50 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams' 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. Williams will receive the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award. Williams composed the score for eight movies in the Top 20 highest grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 The John Towner Touch John Towner 2
1957 World on a String John Williams 3
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 2 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 The Planets Gustav Holst; Boston Pops, John Williams 1
1987 Digital Jukebox John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1988 The Empire Strikes Back: Symphonic Suite John Williams 4
1989 Pops Britannia Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 1
1989 Salute to Hollywood John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
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
1990 John Williams Conducts John Williams: The Star Wars Trilogy (Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi) John Williams; The Skywalker Symphony, John Williams 3
1991 I Love a Parade The Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 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 Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams 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-Taculars The Boston Pops, John Williams 2
1995 Space and Time John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1996 Summon the Heroes John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra 6
1996 Cinema Serenade Itzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, John Williams 2
1997 Romance Classics Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams, Arthur Fiedler 1
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
1999 Music of the Star Wars-Saga 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 3
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
2004 The Star Wars Trilogy John Williams; The Big Movie Orchestra 1 1
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
2006 John Williams John Williams; Denver Brass 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 20th-Century Tuba Concertos Ralph Vaughan Williams, Alexander Arutiunian, John Williams, Torbjörn Iwan Lundquist; Øystein Baadsvik 1
2008 Duos for Violin and Viola John Williams, Aaron Copland, Louis Spohr, Bohuslav Martinů, Jakov Jakoulov, Alessandro Rolla; Victor Romanul, Michael Zaretsky 1
2010 Horn Concerto John Williams; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Karl Pituch, Leonard Slatkin 1
2010 Hable and Reichhardt Play Music of John Williams John Williams; Katrin Hable & Oliver Reichhardt 1
2011 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra John Williams; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Emmanuelle Boisvert, Leonard Slatkin 1
2012 Barber & Korngold: Violin Concertos / Waxman: Carmen Fantasie / Williams: Theme from Schindler's List Barber, Korngold, Waxman, Williams; Alexander Gilman, The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Perry So 1
2013 Concertos for Trumpet and Orchestra John Williams, Arttu Sipilä; Jouko Harjanne, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eva Ollikainen, Dima Slobodeniouk 1
2014 Montage: Great Film Composers and The Piano Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman, John Williams; Gloria Cheng 4 2
2014 On the Way: Works for Tuba by Duda, Williams, Szentpali Duda, Williams, Szentpáli; Andreas Martin Hofmeir, Münchner Philharmoniker, Andrew Manze 1
2015 Music From the Star Wars Saga John Williams; City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Out of This World John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra 1
Star Wars and Other Sci Fi Themes John Williams 1
Star Wars: A Musical Tribute John Williams; The Filmscore Orchestra 1
The Empire Strikes Back John Williams; The New World Orchestra 1
The Music of America: John Williams John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 The Great Works of John Williams John Williams 1
1987 By Request: The Best of John Williams and The Boston Pops Orchestra John Williams 2
1987 Pops in Love Boston Pops Orchestra & John Williams 3
1990 John Williams Conducts Music From the Star Wars Saga John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 6
1991 The Very Best of the Boston Pops John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1991 The Spielberg / Williams Collaboration John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra 4
1991 John William's Greatest Hits John Williams 1
1993 Film Classics John Williams; London Symphony Orchestra, Roy Budd 1
1993 Giants of Cinema: The Best of John Williams John Williams; The L.A. Symphonic Orchestra 1
1995 Williams on Williams: The Classic Spielberg Scores John Williams & the Boston Pops Orchestra 3
1995 Filmworks John Williams 2
1995 Pops Stoppers: Greatest Hits of The Boston Pops Orchestra John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1996 America the Beautiful John Williams, Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1996 The Boston Pops Orchestra & John Williams Salute Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire & Judy Garland John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 1
1997 Hollywood Directors: Music From the Films of Steven Spielberg John Williams 2
1997 The Planets / Star Wars / Also Sprach Zarathustra Gustav Holst, John Williams, Richard Strauss; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta 1
1998 Filmworks John Williams 1
1999 Close Encounters: The Essential John Williams Film Music Collection John Williams 2
1999 Great Composers: John Williams John Williams 1
1999 Greatest Hits 1969–1999 John Williams 4 3
1999 Orchestral Suites and Music from Star Wars / Close Encounter of the Third Kind / E.T. The Extra Terrestial John Williams; London Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Frank Barber 1
2003 The Indiana Jones Trilogy John Williams; City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Nic Raine 5
2003 The Music of John Williams: 40 Years of Film Music John Williams 1
2004 Encore! John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra 2
2004 The Harry Potter Collection John Williams 1
2005 The Greatest Works of John Williams John Williams 1

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