John Williams

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For the senator from 1947 to 1970, see John Williams (Delaware politician).

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.

He has won many significant awards including five Oscars, seven British Academy Awards, twenty Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, and numerous other awards.


Williams has composed the music and served as a music director for more than one hundred films. Several of his works include the following (going from most recent to oldest):

John Williams Official Site


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