Harry Gregson-Williams was honored as an SCL Ambassador at the annual LA Holiday Dinner on December 19, 2018.
SCL President Ashley Irwin’s honoree introduction remarks: “Harry is one of Hollywood’s most sought after, prolific composers. His work on the Shrek franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe) films, Call Of Duty and Metal Gear Solid video games, just shows you how diverse has palette can be. It really is quite extraordinary.”
Born in England to a musical family, Gregson-Williams earned a music scholarship to St. John’s College, Cambridge at the age of seven, and subsequently gained a coveted spot at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, from which he recently received an Honorary Fellowship. He started his film career as assistant to composer Richard Harvey and later as orchestrator and arranger for Stanley Myers, progressing to his first film scores, for director Nicolas Roeg. His subsequent collaboration and friendship with composer Hans Zimmer led to Gregson-Williams providing music for such films as The Rock, Armageddon and The Prince of Egypt, and helped launch his career in Hollywood.
Gregson-Williams scored all four installments of the animated blockbuster Shrek franchise, garnering a BAFTA nomination for Best Film Music in 2001. He also received Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for his score for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
More recently, Gregson-Williams scored the main title theme and two episodes or Amazon Studios’ sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. He received a 2018 Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score) for the episode “The Commuter”.
His latest projects include sci-fi thriller The Meg, action thriller The Equalizer 2, and Aardman Animation’s Early Man. Gregson-Williams will be scoring Disney’s live-action feature Mulan, scheduled for release in 2020.