John Williams

In a career spanning five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He has composed the music for more than one hundred films, including eight Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, Memoirs of a Geisha, Far and Away, The Accidental Tourist, Home Alone, and The Book Thief. His forty-five-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including Schindler’s List, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones films, Saving Private Ryan, and Lincoln. He served as music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra for fourteen seasons and remains their Laureate Conductor. His concert works include  two symphonies, and concertos commissioned by many of America’s most prominent orchestras. Mr. Williams has received five Academy Awards and fifty-one Oscar nominations (making him the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars), seven British Academy Awards, twenty-four Grammys, four Golden Globes, and five Emmys. In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the IOC’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement. In 2004, he received the Kennedy Center Honor, and in 2009 he received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the US government. In 2016 he became the first composer to receive the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

(February 2019)