"Any working composer or painter or sculptor will tell you that inspiration comes at the eighth hour of labor rather than as a bolt out of the blue."

  • Born John Christopher Williams on Feb. 8, 1932, Floral Park, New York
  • John Williams has composed music for some of the most successful film franchises in cinema history, including Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Schindler's List, and Harry Potter.
  • Williams earned his first career GRAMMY for 1975 for Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special for Jaws. More than a decade prior, Williams earned his first career nomination for 1961 for Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Score From Motion Picture Or Television for "Checkmate," a CBS television series.
  • As part of a film music medley, Williams conducted the Star Wars main theme on the 41st GRAMMY Awards in 1999.
  • Williams served in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his assignments, he conducted and arranged music for the U.S. Air Force band.
  • Williams is an ardent supporter of the Young Musicians Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing young musicians with access to exceptional musical education.​

 

John Williams

"Any working composer or painter or sculptor will tell you that inspiration comes at the eighth hour of labor rather than as a bolt out of the blue."

  • Born John Christopher Williams on Feb. 8, 1932, Floral Park, New York
  • John Williams has composed music for some of the most successful film franchises in cinema history, including Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Schindler's List, and Harry Potter.
  • Williams earned his first career GRAMMY for 1975 for Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special for Jaws. More than a decade prior, Williams earned his first career nomination for 1961 for Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Score From Motion Picture Or Television for "Checkmate," a CBS television series.
  • As part of a film music medley, Williams conducted the Star Wars main theme on the 41st GRAMMY Awards in 1999.
  • Williams served in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his assignments, he conducted and arranged music for the U.S. Air Force band.
  • Williams is an ardent supporter of the Young Musicians Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing young musicians with access to exceptional musical education.​

 

GRAMMY Award Results for John Williams

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Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Yoda's Theme
Best Instrumental Composition
Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)
Best Instrumental Composition
Yoda's Theme
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Composition
Superman Main Title Theme
Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Superman
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Superman - Main Title
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Composition
Theme From Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
 
Wins
Best Pop Instrumental Recording
Star Wars
Best Instrumental Composition
Star Wars - Main Title
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Star Wars
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Star Wars
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Arrangement
The Disaster Movie Suite
 
Wins
Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Jaws
 
Nominations
Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Score From Motion Picture Or Television
Checkmate