John Williams is a modern composer, considered to be one of the greatest film composers of all time. He also composes concert works and is a well-known conductor, including conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993.
He was born in New York and moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1948. He attended UCLA and studied composition privately with Mario Castelnuove-Tedesco. He also attended the Juilliard School, a famous music school in New York City where he studied piano with Madame Rosina Lhevinne. He then returned to Los Angeles, where he began his career in the film industry.
He has composed the music for nearly eighty movies including Star Wars, Jaws, Superman, E.T., Home Alone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He has also written concert pieces which have included a symphony, a sinfonietta for wind ensemble, and a number of concertos.
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