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Nominated for both the Academy Award and the Pulitzer Prize in music, Patrick Williams is acclaimed as one of the most versatile, creative, and innovative composers in the music industry. Having composed hundreds of scores for feature films and television, records and concert works, Williams is a man of diverse talents.

Applauded by critics and peers alike, Patrick Williams is the winner of three Emmys, and 20 Emmy nominations; two Grammys, as well as 10 Grammy nominations and a CableACE award. He is a recipient of the prestigious Richard Kirk Lifetime Achievement Award from B.M.I.

Williams recently completed scoring "Julian Po," starring Christian Slater, for Fine Line Features, and "That Old Feeling," starring Bette Midler and Dennis Farina, and directed by Carl Reiner. Last year brought the release, accompanied by wonderful reviews, of "The Grass Harp," starring Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau, and Jack Lemmon. Patrick Williams' enviable theatrical credits include more than 65 other feature films including "Breaking Away" (Academy Award nomination); "Violets Are Blue," starring Kevin Kline and Sissy Spacek; "All; of Me," with Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin; Robert Zemeckis' cult classic "Used Cars" "Swing Shift," with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell; "The Buddy System," starring Richard Dreyfuss and Susan Sarandon; "The Cutting Edge," starring D.B. Sweeny and Moira Kelly; "It's My Turn," starring Michael Douglas; "Cuba," starring Sean Connery; and "Casey's Shadow," starring Walter Matthau and directed by Martin Rift.

His recent television film scores include "After Jimmy," (Emmy nomination) starring Meredith Baxter and Bruce Davison, and "Solomon," starring Ben Cross and Max von Sydow. "Journey," a Hallmark Hall of Fame production starring Jason Robards and Meg Tilly, was one of Patrick Williams' many critically acclaimed scores. Williams' memorable scores for "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" and "Lou Grant" are recognizable throughout the world.

Patrick Williams is also a respected reording artist and arranger with extensive credits. The recently completed LP Sinatraland,"a Big Band instrumental album featuring David Sanbom, Tom Scott and Eddie Daniels, will be released by E.M.l - Capitol as a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Ol' Blue Eyes himself tagged Williams as Musical Director/Arranger for Sinatra's multi-platinum Duets and Duets II. A 1994 Grammy nomination for arranging "I've Got A Crush On You" for Duets capped off a spectacular release. Throughout his career Williams has arranged for an array of illustrious artists including Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Sinead O'Connor, Paul Simon, and Gloria Estefan.

Williams has earned the respect and admiration of his peers in no small part due to his extraordinary proficiency in composing for symphony orchestras as well as jazz big bands. He has developed the rare ability to display artistic expertise in a wide variety of musical expressions. A symphony concert version of his "Theme for Earth Day" was featured on the Boston Pops Orchestra Green Album for Sony Records. Among Williams' critically acclaimed orchestral compositions are Gulliver, a forty-minute piece for symphony orchestra recorded by the Royal Philharmonic and narrator (Sir John Gielgud), with narration written by Larry Gelbart. Gulliver premiered to an enthusiastic reception at Yale University with the Yale Philharmonic and Tony Randall narrating.

Williams received a Pulitzer Prize music nomination for his composition An American Concerto for Jazz Quartet and Symphony Orchestra. Many of his big band albums are considered classics of contemporary instrumental jazz recordings, among them Tenth Avenue and the Grammy-winning release Threshold.

Patrick Williams has been actively involved in the field of music education throughout his career, holding posts as Visiting Professor and Composer-in-Residence at the University of Utah and the University of Colorado, where he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in 1983. In 1993, he was named Green Honors Professor at Texas Christian University, which honored him with a week of performances of his compositions. In 1997, he served on the Advisory Board of as well as teaching at The Henry Mancini Institute, a summer program designed to unite the worlds of jazz and classical music. Williams is a sought after lecturer and has spoken at many colleges and universities including University of Southern California, Duke University, Berklee College of Music and the Yale School of Music. In addition, he has served three consecutive terms on the Executive Committee of the Music Branch of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Patrick Williams' varied musical interests and talents emerged from a diversified educational and professional background. Born in Missouri and raised in Connecticut, he first studied classical trumpet and played in the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. While still in high school, he formed and directed his own jazz combo. His love for the Big Band sound was born amid the sounds of Dorsey and Sinatra that streamed throughout his boyhood home.

Interests in both classical and jazz music were further developed at Duke University, where he played first trumpet in the celebrated Duke Symphony and Concert Band. While a student, Williams led the school's Duke Ambassadors, a sixteen piece jazz band that, to this day, enjoys a long and illustrious musical tradition. His interest and training in music composition began at Duke and continued after his graduation when he moved to New York City to study orchestration at Columbia University.

While attending Columbia, Williams became active in the New York studios, composing scores for documentary films and arranging recordings for many vocalists and several Broadway shows. "It was a great time to be in New York -- music was everywhere and I was eager to learn and begin to leave my mark," Williams recalls. Armed with a remarkable background in music, Williams moved to Los Angeles. Early on he established a distinguished and prolific career in films, television, recording and teaching that shows no sign of slowing down.

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