JOHN WILLIAMS
By D'Lynn Waldron

JOHN WILLIAMS BIOGRAPHY
John Towner Williams was born on Long Island, near New York City, on the 8th of February 1932 into a musical family. In 1948, the family relocated to Los Angeles, where he studied music at the UCLA, after which he did his national service in the Air Force. Following the Air Force John Williams went to the Julliard School in New York, where he studied piano with Madame Rosina Lhevinne. While in New York, he also worked as a jazz pianist, both in clubs and on recordings as Johnny Williams.

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 Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Newman, and Franz Waxman.

In 1967, John Williams made the A List of movie composers when he wrote the Oscar-nominated score for The Valley of the Dolls. John Williams has scored some eighty films and has been Oscar nominated over forty times (what a batting average!). He has sometimes been nominated for more than one movie in a single year, as he was in 2001 for both A.I. and Harry Potter. To date John Williams has won five Oscars, and Minority Report in 2002 could be his sixth.

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. From May 28 to June 1, 2002, Williams conducted four concerts with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall, which are broadcast later by PBS. He is also Artist in Residence at Tanglewood. As well as movie scores, John Williams writes concert pieces for such greats as cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Each year Williams does a number of concert dates all over the world (8 concerts in 3 venues in the month of July 2002!).

John Williams most recent concert work is Seven for Luck for soprano and orchestra, a seven-piece song cycle based on the texts of former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has commissioned Williams to write a concerto for the orchestra's principal horn player, completed May 2003.
Williams will compose a work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in commemoration of their new performance venue, Disney Hall, scheduled to open in the fall of 2003.
Plácido Domingo, the new director of Los Angeles Opera, commissioned John Williams to create an opera that will be premiered in the 2004-2005 season.

JOHN WILLIAMS AWARDS SUMMARY (see lists below):
5 Oscars, 41 nominations (see below)
5 BAFTAs (British Academy)
3 Golden Globes, 18 nominations (see below)
17 Grammies, 47 Nominations
14 Honorary Degrees

JOHN WILLIAMS SOUNDTRACK ALBUMS (selected)
Always, Amistad, Angela's Ashes, Attack of the Clones, Black Sunday, Born on the Fourth of July, Cinderella Liberty, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Original Release), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Collector's Edition), The Cowboys, Dracula, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Empire of the Sun, The Empire Strikes Back, Family Plot, Far and Away, Home Alone, Hook, Indiana Jones and theLast Crusade, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jane Eyre, Jaws, Jaws IV: The Revenge, JFK, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Nixon, The Patriot, The Phantom Menace,Presumed Innocent, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Rare Breed, The Reivers, Return of the Jedi, The River, Sabrina, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Seven Years in Tibet, Sleepers, SpaceCamp,Stanley & Iris, Star Wars, Stepmom, Superman, The Towering Inferno and The Witches of Eastwick.

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JOHN WILLIAMS FILMOGRAPHY
Catch Me If You Can (2002), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Minority Report (2002), Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Jurassic Park III (2001), The Patriot (2000), Angela's Ashes (1999), Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Stepmom (1998), Amistad (1997), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Rosewood (1997), Seven Years in Tibet (1997), Sleepers (1996), Nixon (1995), Sabrina (1995), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler's List (1993), Far and Away (1992), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Hook (1991), JFK (1991), Home Alone (1990), Presumed Innocent (1990), Stanley & Iris (1990), Always (1989), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Empire of the Sun (1987), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), SpaceCamp (1986), Jaws IV: The Revenge (1985), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The River (1984), Return of the Jedi (1983), Superman III (1983), Aliens From Another Planet (1982), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Monsignor (1982), Yes, Giorgio (1982), Heartbeeps (1981), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Superman II (1980), 1941 (1979), Dracula (1979), The Fury (1978), Jaws 2 (1978), Superman (1978), Black Sunday (1977), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Star Wars (1977), Family Plot (1976), Midway (1976), The Missouri Breaks (1976), The Eiger Sanction (1975), Jaws (1975), Conrack (1974), Earthquake (1974), The Sugarland Express (1974), The Towering Inferno (1974), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Long Goodbye (1973), The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973), The Paper Chase (1973), Tom Sawyer (1973), The Cowboys (1972), Images (1972), Pete 'n' Tillie (1972), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), The Screaming Woman (1971), Jane Eyre (1970), Story of a Woman (1970), Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1969), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Reivers (1969), Heidi (1968), Sergeant Ryker (1968), Fitzwilly (1967), A Guide for the Married Man (1967), Valley of the Dolls (1967), How to Steal a Million (1966), Not with My Wife, You Don't (1966), Penelope (1966), The Plainsman (1966), The Rare Breed (1966), John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965), None But the Brave (1965), The Killers (1964), Nightmare in Chicago (1964), Gidget Goes to Rome (1963), Diamond Head (1962), Flashing Spikes (1962), Bachelor Flat, The Secret Ways (1961), Stark Fear (1961), Because They're Young (1960), I Passed for White (1960), Daddy-O (1959)

JOHN WILLIAMS AWARDS
ACADEMY AWARDS
1994 Academy Awards - Winner, Best Original Score - Schindler's List
1982 Academy Awards - Winner, Best Original Score - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
1977 Academy Awards - Winner, Best Original Score - Star Wars
1975 Academy Awards - Winner, Best Original Score - Jaws
1972 Academy Awards - Winner, Best Original Song Score and/or Adaptation - Fiddler on the Roof
2001 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - A.I. Artificial Intelligence
2001 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2000 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - The Patriot
1999 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - Angela's Ashes
1998 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Dramatic Score - Saving Private Ryan
1997 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Dramatic Score - Amistad
1996 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Dramatic Score - Sleepers
1995 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Dramatic Score - Nixon
1995 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Comedy/Musical Score - Sabrina
1995 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Song - "Moonlight" from Sabrina
1991 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Song - "When You're Alone" from Hook
1991 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - JFK
1990 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - Home Alone
1990 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Song - "Somewhere In My Memory" from Home Alone
1989 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - Born on the Fourth of July
1989 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1988 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - The Accidental Tourist
1987 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - Empire of the Sun
1987 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - The Witches of Eastwick
1984 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
1984 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - The River
1983 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - Return of the Jedi
1982 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Song - "If We Were In Love" from Yes, Giorgio
1981 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - Raiders of the Lost Ark
1980 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - The Empire Strikes Back
1978 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - Superman
1977 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1974 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Dramatic Score - The Towering Inferno
1973 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Dramatic Score - Cinderella Liberty
1973 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Song Score and/or Adaptation - Tom Sawyer
1973 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Song - "Nice To Be Around" from Cinderella Liberty
1972 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Dramatic Score - Images
1972 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Dramatic Score - The Poseidon Adventure
1969 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Dramatic Score - The Reivers
1969 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Musical Score - Goodbye Mr. Chips
1967 Academy Awards - Nominee, Best Original Score, Adaption or Treatment - Valley of the Dolls

GOLDEN GLOBES
1982 Golden Globes - Winner, Best Original Score - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
1977 Golden Globes - Winner, Best Original Score - Star Wars
1975 Golden Globes - Winner, Best Original Score - Jaws
2001 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - A.I. Artificial Intelligence
1999 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - Angela's Ashes
1998 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - Saving Private Ryan
1997 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - Seven Years in Tibet
1994 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - Schindler's List
1989 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - Born on the Fourth of July
1988 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - The Accidental Tourist
1987 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - Empire of the Sun
1984 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - The River
1978 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - Superman
1977 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1974 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - Earthquake
1973 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - Cinderella Liberty
1973 Golden Globes - Nominee, Best Original Score - Tom Sawyer

John Williams excellent Web Site http://www.johnwilliams.org has comprehensive information about his work and current concert schedule.

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