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John Williams

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John Williams February 8, 1932 Flushing Queens, New York City The Beginning... Born in Long Island, New York on February 8, 1932, John Towner Williams discovered music almost immediately, due in no small measure to being the son of a percussionist for CBS Radio and the Raymond Scott Quintet. After moving to Los Angeles in 1948, at the age of 16, the young pianist and leader of his own jazz band started experimenting with arranging tunes. At age 15, he determined he was going to become a concert pianist; at 19, he premiered his first original composition, a piano sonata. Building to Greatness... In 1956, John Williams was hired by Twentieth Century Fox as a pianist in their studio orchestra, and he was soon also writing the music for TV shows such as Gilligan's Island, Lost in Space, Wagon Train and Land of the Giants and for low budget movies. At the studio Williams worked with the great movie composers of the day studying and training to become a great composer himself. His Life's Work... John Williams has scored nearly 90 films and has been Oscar nominated over forty times. He has several times been nominated for more than one movie in a single year, as he was for both Munich and Memoirs of a Geisha.

John Williams’ themes for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman, and ET have great appeal for the general public and his movie score albums are top sellers. John Williams’ compositions for the Olympic ceremonies capture the true spirit of the games. Williams composed the well-known NBC News theme The Mission.

From 1980 to 1993, along with all his other work, John Williams was the conductor and musical director of the famed and much loved Boston Pops Orchestra, where he is still a guest conductor. Awards and Nominations Over 41 Oscar nominations (five wins)
Twenty-odd Gold and Platinum Records
Numerous nominations for:
Emmy Awards (two wins)
Golden Globe Awards (three wins)
Grammy Awards (18 wins)
National Board of Review (including a Career Achievement Award)
Saturn Awards (six wins)
And BAFTA or British Academy of Film and Television Arts (seven wins) citations
Along with 17 honorary doctorate degrees A Life in Pictures... John Williams as a senior in High School John Williams at 25, working for television John Williams recently receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama Some of John's Most Famous Works Include... JAWS Star Wars Indiana Jones Home Alone Jurassic Park Harry Potter Olympic Fanfare and Theme
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