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Hey Kids, Meet John Williams | Composer Biography

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Hey Kids, Meet John Williams

Hey Kids, Meet John Williams (1932-Present) American Composer, Conductor, and Pianist

John Williams was born on February 8, 1932, in Floral Park, New York. In 1948 John moved with his family to Los Angeles, California. He later attended college near his home in Los Angeles where he began to study composition. After college he was drafted into the United States Air Force where he had the opportunity to conduct and arrange music for the Air Force band.

In 1954, when his service ended, Williams moved to New York City and enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music. After completing his education at Juilliard, Williams moved back to Los Angeles to begin working as a film studio orchestrator. Eventually he was given the opportunity to compose the theme to the television series Lost in Space. This marked the beginning of a career that has spanned six decades. During this time Williams produced some of the best music ever written for film, including his music for Star Wars which was selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest film score of all time.

His film scores include:

Jaws (1975)
Star Wars (1977)
Superman (1978)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Home Alone (1990)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

In total John Williams has received 5 Academy Awards and 50 Academy Award nominations. He is the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney.

Watch a Video

Watch a performance of John Williams conducting his Star Wars (Main Theme).

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