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John Towner Williams Edit Profile

Composer , conductor

John Towner Williams, American composer, conductor. Composer of over seventy-five film scores. Recipient several gold and platinum records Recording Industry Association American, Kennedy Center Honors, John F. Kennedy Center Performing Arts, 2004. Served with United States Air Force, 1952-1954. Fellow: American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Background

Williams, John Towner was born on February 8, 1932 in Long Island, New York, United States. Son of John and Esther Williams.

Education

Student, University of California at Los Angeles. Studied with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Los Angeles. Student, Juilliard School.

Studied with Madame Rosina Lhevinne, New York City. Degree (honorary), Berklee College Music, Boston. Degree (honorary), Northeastern University, Boston.

Degree (honorary), Tufts University. Degree (honorary), University Southern California. Degree (honorary), Boston University.

Degree (honorary), New England Conservatory Music. Degree (honorary), Providence College.

Career

Pianist Columbia & Twentieth Century-Fox, since 1956. Conductor Boston Pops Orchestra, 1980—1993, laureate conductor, since 1993. Artist-in-residence Tanglewood Music Center, Boston, 1993—1994.

Guest conductor with orchestras including Cleveland Orchestra, Denver Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Toronto Orchestra. With United States Air Force, 1952-1955.

Achievements

  • Composer of over seventy-five film scores.

Works

Membership

Served with United States Air Force, 1952-1954. Fellow: American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Connections

Married Barbara Ruike, 1956 (deceased 1974). Children: Jennifer, Mark, Joseph. Married Samantha Winslow, 1980.

father:
John Williams

mother:
Esther Williams

spouse:
Samantha Winslow

spouse:
Barbara Ruike

child:
Joseph Williams

child:
Jennifer Williams

child:
Mark Williams