John Williams is an award winning American composer who is best known for his work with directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Williams has written and conducted scores for numerous high-budget films, including Jaws, the Star Wars cycle, the Indiana Jones films, and Superman. He has also composed for numerous television shows as well as general concert music. He has been credited for bringing back large symphonic scores to the film industry and is known for his obsession for detail in his scores.
Williams attended UCLA, Los Angeles City College, where he studied composition privately. In January 1980, he was named Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra and now currently holds the title of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor which he assumed following his retirement in December 1993, after 14 seasons. In 1993 Williams produced the scores for the major motion pictures Jurassic Park and Schindler's List; both soundtracks became top commercial sellers.
Williams has composed the music and served as a music director for more than one hundred films. Several of his works (going from most recent to oldest) include: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, War of the Worlds, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, The Terminal, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Catch Me If You Can, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Minority Report, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Patriot, Angela's Ashes, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Stepmom, Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, Seven Years in Tibet, The Lost World, Rosewood, Sleepers, Nixon, Sabrina, Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, Home Alone 2, Far and Away, JFK, Hook, Home Alone, Presumed Innocent, Born on the Fourth of July, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Accidental Tourist, Empire of the Sun, The Witches of Eastwick, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Jaws, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips. John Williams Official Site