John Williams (b. 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and the first three Harry Potter films. He served as the Boston Pops Orchestra’s principal conductor from 1980 to 1993. Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 22 Grammy Awards. With 49 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney.
The quotation below is Williams’ personal philosophy with regard to making a lasting impression on his fans:
“So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it’s gratifying to have something you have done linger in people’s memories.”
Below, American Symphony Orchestra conductor Leon Botstein gives a masterclass on the utility of art and music: