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John Williams

Photo of John Williams John Williams served as the conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980-1993, and now holds the titles of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor and Artist-in-Residence at Tanglewood. Born in New York, Williams attended the University of California at Los Angeles and the Juilliard School and worked as a jazz pianist before beginning his career in the film studios. He went on to write music for many television programs in the 1960s, winning two Emmy awards for his work. Williams has composed the music and served as music director for more than 80 films. He has received 42 Academy Award nominations, most recently for Catch Me If You Can, and has been awarded five Oscars, one British Academy Award, 18 Grammys, and three Golden Globes, as well as several gold and platinum records. His score for Schindler's List earned him both an Oscar and a Grammy. Williams has led the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on several tours. He has conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra both at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood and has appeared as guest conductor with many orchestras.

Photo courtesy of Michael Lutch.

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