John Williams is an American film composer, conductor, and pianist born on February 8, 1932 in Floral Park, Long Island, NY. With a career spanning six decades, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in history. Williams has won numerous awards including five Academy Awards and 21 Grammy Awards. He is known for his Neo-romantic style and use of leitmotifs and orchestral grandeur. His collaborations with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have contributed to the popularity of score music. Williams was honored with the Richard Kirk award at the 1999 BMI Film and TV Awards.
In addition to his work in film composition, Williams also composed theme music for various TV programs in the 1960s. He began his career as a jazz pianist and worked with artists such as Stan Getz Quartet and Quintet.
Williams' talent extends beyond traditional film scoring as he has explored Impressionist, Expressionist, Experimental music genres, as well as progressive Jazz influenced by his father who was a jazz drummer. His contributions to the world of music have earned him induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000 and recognition from Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.