“Alan Williams is an accomplished composer and conductor whose film and television scores provide a fluidity of melody and enough varied nuances of texture and style to make his work defy categorization.”
– Randal Larson Soundtrack Magazine
Alan Williams is an award-winning composer and conductor with more than 100 motion picture and television credits. Alan’s scores include the Academy Award nominated IMAX film, Amazon, Sony Pictures Classics’ Mark Twain’s America in 3D and some of the highest rated movies made for television. Alan composed the award-winning score to the animated film, “The Princess and the Pea” and also co-wrote the original songs with award-winning Lyricist David Pomeranz as well as the Student Academy Award winning short “Pajama Gladiator”. His score to "Estefan" received an Annie nomination for best original score. He has been awarded the Insight Award for Excellence for his score to “Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa”, 14 Accolade Awards for Best Original Score, 10 Park City Film Music Festival Gold Medal for Excellence awards as well as his score to “Crab Orchard” being named as one of the Top 20 Film Scores of 2005. Alan has received eight Global Music Awards for his albums “The Cinema Collection”, “The Documentary Collection”, "Patriots of Freedom", "Cinema Voce", "Princess and the Pea","Television Suites", "The Christmas Carol Collection" and "Moving Art: Underwater" as well as a Prestige Film Gold Award for his score to “Cowgirls n’ Angels.” Alan has received three Hollyword Music in Media Award nominations and was awarded the Global Music Odyssey Lifetime Achievement award for music.
Alan began his training at age 7 with the piano. He soon began improvising “additional” music to his lessons. By the age of 12 he began composing his first pieces. Always fascinated with rhythm, he added drums and percussion to his studies. This allowed him to be right in the middle of the orchestra. It was playing percussion in orchestras that gave Alan his early orchestration lessons and a true love for the orchestra. Alan continued to study both classical and jazz piano and began composing for larger orchestral ensembles. By the age of 15 he knew he wanted to compose for film.
Alan studied composition formally, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Brigham Young University and continued with graduate work at the University of Southern California where he studied film and television composition with the likes of David Raksin, Bruce Broughton, Buddy Baker, Bill Conti and Jerry Goldsmith. Alan was selected to participate in both the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Fred Karlin as well as the BMI Film Scoring Workshop with Earl Hagen.
As a conductor, Alan has conducted numerous recording sessions and concerts throughout the Los Angeles area as well as in many other cities including Seattle, Salt Lake City, Prague and London. Alan has conducted countless choir performances as well, including sold-out Christmas concerts of his arrangements and compositions featuring a 300-voice choir and orchestra.
Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, Los Angeles Times, Box Office Magazine and LA Weekly have applauded Alan's scores as, "relentlessly spectacular", "exceptional", "pure emotion", "stirring adventure-movie score", "tender melodies", "thrilling", "richly melodic", "charming and romantic", "touching", "heartfelt", "full of delight", "a remarkable gift for melody and large-form orchestration", "powerful, beautifully melodic, and abundantly textured."
Alan has collaborated with Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award winners and nominees Barbra Streisand, Cis Corman, Beth Polson, Anne Bancroft, Naomi Watts, Haley Joel Osment, Debbie Reynolds, Mary Tyler Moore, James Earl Jones, Burt Reynolds, Linda Hunt, Eric Stoltz and the celluloid treasure Maureen O’ Hara. He has also had the pleasure of collaborating with the legendary actors Hume Cronyn, Jack Lemmon and Jason Robards in some of their final screen appearances.
In the field of documentaries, Alan has had the pleasure of collaborating with noted oceanographers Howard & Michele Hall (Island of Sharks / Coral Reef Adventure), the world famous mountain climber David Breashers (Everest / Kilimanjaro: To The Roof of Africa) and two of the finest dramatic filmmakers in the field of Large Format Cinema in North America, Canadian Stephen Low (Across The Sea of Time / Mark Twain’s America) and Academy Award Winner Kieth Merrill (Amazon / Grand Canyon /The Great American Cowboy).
Alan resides in Los Angeles with his family.