Skip to main content

John Towner Williams (Composer)

Born: 8th February 1932, New York

Nationality: American

John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor, pianist and trombonist. Regarded by many as one of the greatest film composers of all time, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history in a career that has spanned over six decades. Williams has won 25 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 52 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams's score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest film score of all time.

Further Reading: Williams, John

 Recording of the Week, John Williams conducts the Vienna Philharmonic

Joined by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams conducts excerpts from scores such as Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, War Horse, Hook, Jurassic Park, Jaws, The Witches of Eastwick, and more.

 Interview, Anne-Sophie Mutter on John Williams

The violinist talks to James about her new album of music by John Williams, featuring a selection of movie themes specially reworked for violin and orchestra, conducted by the composer himself.

Popular Works: Williams, John

All Works: Williams, John

Recent Best Sellers: Williams, John

  • Voces8: Eventide
    CD: $16.50
    Download from $8.25
  • 2 Cellos: Score
    CD: $16.50
    Download from $10.00
  • The Silver Violin
    CD: $16.50
    Download from $8.25
  • Camille Berthollet: Prodiges
    CD: $17.50
    Download from $10.00
  • Voice Of Hope
    CD: $16.50
    Download from $10.00
  • Fiedler Encores
    CD: Original price ($12.25) Reduced price $9.75
  • New Releases: Williams, John