John T. Williams

Biography

Born: February 8, 1932; Flushing, NY  
Quick, who's the one person who has been nominated for an Oscar more often than anyone else in any category? That would be composer John Williams, nominated over 40 times for his original film scores and orchestrations. He received his first Oscar nomination in 1969 for the score to Valley of the Dolls, and since then he has become the most recognized film composer in history, not just because of his scores, but also because he has successfully Read more followed in Arthur Fiedler's footsteps as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Williams grew up in New York, where his father was drummer in the Raymond Scott Quintette and other bands. All four children in the family naturally took music lessons. Williams studied piano as a child, and later trumpet, trombone, and clarinet. He did some work as a teenager with pianist and arranger Bobby van Epps, and also enrolled in composition classes at UCLA before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1951, where he arranged band music and took up conducting. Williams studied piano with Rosina Lhevinne at Juilliard and worked as a jazz pianist. He then returned to California and studied composition with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. His compositional career began in the early 1960s with television series such as Peter Gunn, Wagon Train, Gilligan's Island, and Lost in Space. He was able to work as an orchestrator and arranger with industry giants Bernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, Alfred Newman, Henry Mancini, and André Previn. In 1972 he received his first Academy Award for his adaptation of Jerry Bock's music for Fiddler on the Roof, but it was his scores for Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975) and George Lucas' Star Wars (1977) that brought him real notice. Those full, orchestral scores lead some to claim that he alone was responsible for reviving the symphonic style of film music and were the beginning of two long-standing composer/director partnerships. A public face appeared to go with the name when Williams was chosen to conduct the Boston Pops after Fiedler's death. Under his leadership, the orchestra maintained its popularity, toured America several times, and made concert versions of his movie themes regular pops fare. Although maintaining close ties to Boston after leaving the Pops in 1993 and continuing to guest conduct a number of orchestras, Williams has spent more of his time since the mid-1990s composing concert music, such as 1995's bassoon concerto The Five Sacred Trees, and 2000's violin concerto TreeSong, while still charming cinema audiences with music that, while fully rooted in traditional Romantic idioms, easily expresses the emotion and action of the film's story. Read less
20th Century Tuba Concertos - Arutiunian, Lundquist, Williams, Vaughan Williams / Baadsvik, Et Al
Release Date: 10/28/2008   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1515   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    A John Williams Celebration / Perlman, Dudamel, LA
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 730308 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Williams,  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    A John Williams Celebration / Perlman, Dudamel, LA [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 730404 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Williams,  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Hollywood Blockbusters
    Label: Royal Philharmonic   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lalo Schifrin,  James Horner,  Rachel Portman,  Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrar  ... 
    Performer:  Andy Vinter,  Tim Gill,  Rolf Wilson
    Conductor:  Nick Ingman,  Nic Raine
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    Five Sax At The Movies
    Label: Orlando Records (Classical)   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Shield,  Nino Rota,  Ennio Morricone,  Michael Giacchino  ... 
    Performer:  Rupert Struber,  Jacek Obstarczyk,  Mariam Vardzelashvili,  Zoltan Kiss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Five Sax
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    Remembrances
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3476 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Paul Schoenfield,  John T. Williams,  William Bolcom  ... 
    Performer:  Truida Van Der Walt,  Piet Koornhof
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  • 6.
    Schindler's List: The Film Music Of John Williams
    Label: Bsx   Catalog: 9103 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Carlos Gardel,  Jerry Bock
    Performer:  Elizabeth Hedman,  Donald Foster,  Dan Redfeld,  David Washburn  ... 
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    Air Force Blue
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573405 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Thurston,  Joel Puckett,  Philip Wilby,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Larry H. Lang,  Scott A. Guidry
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    Montage - Great Film Composers and the Piano / Gloria Cheng
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907635 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bruce Broughton,  Michael Giacchino,  Don [Film Scores] Davis,  Alexandre Desplat  ... 
    Performer:  Gloria Cheng
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  • 9.
    The Very Best Movie Soundtracks By John Williams
    Label: Telos   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John T. Williams
    Conductor:  Evan Christ
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    Die 12 Cellisten Der Berliner Philharmoniker: Recordings 1978-2010
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 620749 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  David Delacroix,  Jocelyn B. Smith,  Hans-Dieter Lorenz,  Franz Schindelbeck  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Halsey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic,  Berlin Radio Chorus members
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    The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines - 350th Anniversary Celebration
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308729 Release Date: 11/04/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Henry Russell,  Traditional,  Gustav Holst,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Moloney
    Conductor:  Lt. Col. N. J. Grace,  Sir Vivian Dunn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Her Majesty's Royal Marines Band
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    Movie Legends: The Music Of John Williams
    Label: Royal Philharmonic   Catalog: 21 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Rolf Wilson
    Conductor:  Tolga Kashif,  Nic Raine,  Nick Ingman,  Paul Bateman
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    Escape to Paradise - The Hollywood Album / Daniel Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002145302 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Hanns Eisler  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Maria Todtenhaupt,  Sting,  Jacques Ammon  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Shelley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,  Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin Quartet,  Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin Quintet
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    Eventide / Voces8
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002074002 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  John T. Williams,  Patrick Hawes,  Shahid Khan  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Forshaw,  Matthew Sharp,  Lavinia Meijer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voces8
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    Saxophone Cinema
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 101852 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  John Barry,  Bernard Herrmann,  Michael Nyman  ... 
    Conductor:  Milan Turkovic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Selmer Saxharmonic
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    Classic Marches - Elgar, Verdi, Strauss
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4763772 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Georges Bizet,  Hector Berlioz,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Northey,  John Lanchbery,  Jorge Mester,  David Measham  ... 
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    Complete Vengerov: Recordings 1991-2007 [19 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 631514 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Itamar Golan,  Maxim Vengerov,  Alexander Markovich,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Kurt Masur,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Glenn Dicterow Collection
    Label: New York Philharmonic   Catalog: 140201 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Béla Bartók,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Glenn Dicterow
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Alan Gilbert,  David Robertson,  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 19.
    Music To Drive Away Loiterers / Gil Shaham
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  Akira Eguchi,  Orli Shaham,  Adele Anthony
    Conductor:  Alejandro Posada,  Lan Shui,  Arvo Volmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Sejong Soloists
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    Play It Again: Classic Sound Of Hollywood
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 303384 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Daniele Amfitheatrof,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt,  Maurice Jarre,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Elmer Bernstein  ... 
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  • 21.
    Itzhak Perlman - Concertos, Sonatas & More
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5438882 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Erich Leinsdorf,  André Previn,  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Amy
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 13025 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Grigoras Dinicu,  Ioan Lungu,  Enrico Toselli,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Ana-Maria Lungu,  Christoph Weinhart
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  • 23.
    Take One  / Vienna Brass Connection
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 91217 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  John T. Williams,  Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrar,  Bill Conti  ... 
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  • 24.
    The Book Thief [original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 379707 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Andrew Duckles,  Tereza Stanislav,  Rafael Rishik,  Alma Fernandez  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
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    Label: Lim   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa,  John T. Williams,  Recorded Sound,  Michael Kamen  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Piller,  Timothy Berens,  Heather MacPhail,  John Birge  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
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John T. Williams


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