– Biography -
HARRY GREGSON–WILLIAMS (composer) reunites with director Andrew Adamson after composing the scores for his Academy Award® -winning “Shrek” and the subsequent box-office smash “Shrek 2.” Gregson-Williams is well-known in the world of animation, having also scored the hit DreamWorks features “Antz” and “Chicken Run.” He has created the scores for a long and extremely varied list of films, both animated and live-action.
An accomplished conductor, arranger, and orchestrator, Gregson-Williams studied voice, piano, and violin as a child growing up in London. As a youngster he performed throughout Europe, toured with the choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge (where he earned a scholarship at age seven), and played as a soloist for numerous recordings. Going from one musical scholarship to another, Gregson-Williams eventually studied at the distinguished Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He then went on to teach in England and Egypt, and then later in a similar program in the Rift Valley in Kenya, where he taught music to children. Upon his return to London, Gregson-Williams began working with British film music composer Stanley Myers. He next joined forces with Hans Zimmer, contributing to the scores of “K2,” “The Lion King,” “Crimson Tide” and “Beyond Rangoon.” After collaborating with legendary British director Nicholas Roeg on “Two Deaths,” he composed two scores for Roeg, “Full Body Massage” and “Hotel Paradise.”
In 1995, Gregson-Williams joined Zimmer in Los Angeles to work on “Muppet Treasure Island,” the first of many family-oriented projects. His collaborations with Zimmer at Media Ventures (as a composer and arranger) include “Broken Arrow,” “The Fan,” “The Rock” and “The Prince Of Egypt.” He has also conducted many of Zimmer’s scores, most notably the Oscar® nominated “As Good As It Gets.”
In the last several years, Gregson-Williams has composed such diverse scores including Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven” and Bille August’s “Smilla’s Sense Of Snow” as well as August’s upcoming “Return to Sender,” Antoine Fuqua’s “The Replacement Killers,” two films for Joel Schumacher, “Phone Booth,” and “Veronica Guerin,” in addition to “Team America: World Police”, “The Borrowers,” “Passionada,” “Light It Up,” “Bridget Jones: The Age of Reason,” and Peter Berg’s “The Rundown.” A hugely successful partnership with Tony Scott has developed over several years from “Enemy Of The State” and “Spy Game” to “Man on Fire” and the recent “Domino”. His early credits also include a series of shorts for the BBC, the independent “White Angel” and “The Whole Wide World” for director Dan Ireland.
His numerous award citations include being named The Hollywood Composer of the Year 2005 by The Hollywood Film Festival, many awards for “Shrek” including the Annie Award (achievement in animation) as well the UK’s prestigious Ivor Novello Award with two additional nominations for “Antz” and “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas”; several BMI Awards including “Chicken Run” and “Enemy of the State”; and a BAFTA nomination for “Shrek.” Away from the cinema, Gregson-Williams contributed memorable music to the various Metal Gear Solid series of video games and has worked with many rock and pop artists on their commercial albums.
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