John Williams – Gilderoy Lockhart Piano Sheet Music John Williams (1932- ) John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including those of the early Star Wars films, Jaws , E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial , the Indiana Jones films, Superman , and Harry Potter films. John Towner Williams was born on February 8, 1932 in Floral Park, New York . He is the son of John “Jack” Williams (1892–1980), a professional pianist, and Luba Emma “Lily” Volk (1902–2000), a pianist and composer. John’s great-uncle was Polish violinist Jan Kubelík and his grandfather was a Lithuanian conductor named John Vilkas . John initially studied piano with his mother, taking after her father. He later attended the Juilliard School , where he studied piano with Rosina Lhévinne . John’s older brother, Christopher Williams (born 1938), is a pianist and music teacher in Texas who formerly served on the piano faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University John began his professional career as a jazz pianist. From 1950 to 1956, John played piano with Maynard Ferguson ‘s big band. Subsequently John worked as a session musician, often with jazz violinist Jean Larrivée . John also composed music for television programs during this period. John has won four Grammy Awards and five Academy Awards ( Oscars ).
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