Guest Artist Bio
In a career spanning ﬁve decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for ﬁlm and for the concert stage, and he remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices.
He has composed the music for more than one hundred ﬁlms, including all seven Star Wars ﬁlms, the ﬁrst three Harry Potter ﬁlms, Superman, Memoirs of a Geisha, Home Alone, and The Book Thief. His 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful ﬁlms, including Schindler’s List,E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones ﬁlms, Saving Private Ryan, and Lincoln. Mr. Williams has composed themes for four Olympic Games.
He served as music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra for fourteen seasons and remains their laureate conductor. He has composed numerous works for the concert stage, including two symphonies, and concertos commissioned by many of America’s most prominent orchestras.
Mr. Williams has received ﬁve Academy Awards and 49 Oscar nominations (making him the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars), seven British Academy Awards, 22 Grammys, four Golden Globes, and ﬁve Emmys. In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the IOC’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement. In 2004, he received the Kennedy Center Honor, and in 2009 he received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. Government.