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Harry Gregson-Williams: Bio

HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS is one of Hollywood's most sought after composers, whose scores span the spectrum of high-profile projects from action to drama to animation – each infused with the emotional punch and atmospheric intensity that mark his distinctive musical style.  He was the composer on all four installments of the blockbuster Shrek franchise; garnered a BAFTA nomination for the score for the first Shrek; and received Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for his score to Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. 

His most recent projects underline his uniquely diverse range and appeal: Aardman Animations Early Man, directed by Nick Park and The Meg starring Jason Statham and directed by Jon Turteltaub. Additionally for Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Gregson-Williams provided the series Main Title and scored two of the standout episodes for Amazon/Sony TV and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score) ) for The Commuter. He is also writing the original score for Disneynature's Penguins which is slated for an Earth Day 2019 release.

In addition, he wrote the original score for Breath, which marked the directorial debut of Simon Baker who also co-stars in the film and the music for The Zookeeper's Wife starring Jessica Chastain and directed by Niki Caro, which was released in March 2017.  He also composed the music for the dramatic crime thriller Live by Night, starring Ben Affleck who also directed the film from his own screenplay.   The film, which marks their third collaboration, is based on the award-winning best-seller by Dennis Lehane.

Other recent scores include HBO's Confirmation which stars Kerry Washington and Greg Kinnear, the blockbuster The Martianstarring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott, Miss You Already for director Catherine Hardwicke, and The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua.

His long list of film credits also includes the critically acclaimed The Town directed by Ben Affleck. Gregson-Williams first worked with Affleck as the composer on Gone Baby Gone. He has worked multiple times with other directors including Joel Schumacher on the films Twelve, The Number 23, Veronica Guerin and Phone Booth; Tony Scott on Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Déjà Vu, Domino, Man on Fire, Spy Game and Enemy of the State; and Ridley Scott on Prometheus and Kingdom of Heaven.  Gregson-Williams' prolific output has also seen him scoring Mike Newell's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens; Blackhat for Michael Mann; Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspianand Mr. Pip; Beeban Kidron's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; Aardman's animated films Arthur Christmas and Chicken Run; the unique documentary Life in a Day; Len Wiseman's Total Recall; Return to Sender and Smilla's Sense of Snow, both for director Bille August; Antoine Fuqua's The Replacement Killers; and the first computer generated animation from Dreamworks, Antz. 

Gregson-Williams has scored three of the five games in the highly successful Metal Gear Solid franchise for Konami and recently scored Call of Duty for Activision which became the top selling video game of 2014 and which earned him various music gaming awards.

Born in England to a musical family, Gregson-Williams earned a music scholarship to St. John's College, Cambridge at the age of 7 and subsequently gained a coveted spot at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama from which he recently received an Honorary Fellowship. Gregson-Williams then turned his attention to teaching, initially in schools in England but later in Alexandria, Egypt. He started his film career as assistant to composer Richard Harvey and later as orchestrator and arranger for Stanley Myers, and then went on to compose his first scores for director Nicolas Roeg. His subsequent collaboration and friendship with composer Hans Zimmer resulted in Gregson-Williams providing music for such films as The Rock, Armageddon and The Prince of Egypt and helped launch his career in Hollywood. He has also been a regular and valued mentor at the Sundance Composers Lab working directly with talented emerging composers from all over the world. Gregson-Williams has five children and has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1995.

1 Burning the Past 2:42  
2 Crusaders 1:39  
3 Swordplay 2:03  
4 A New World 4:21  
5 To Jerusalem 1:37  
6 Sibylla 1:50  
7 Ibelin 2:14  
8 Rise A Knight 2:42  
9 The King 5:53  
10 The Battle of Kerak 5:34  
11 Terms 4:26  
12 Better Man 3:23  
13 Coronation 3:01  
14 An Understanding 4:14  
15 Wall Breached 3:41  
16 The Pilgrim Road 4:07  
17 Saladin 4:42  
18 Path To Heaven 1:34  
19 Light of Life 2:14  
Kingdom Of Heaven Soundtrack - The Battle Of Kerak
Harry Gregson-Williams Composing Process Interview
Harry Gregson-Williams Interview - Using NI Kontakt

Harry Gregson-Williams captures the powerful drama and epic grandeur of director Ridley Scott's historical drama Kingdom of Heaven. Director Scott, has helmed the Oscar-winning films: Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and Blade Runner.

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