Harry Gregson-Williams (b. December 13, 1961) is an English composer, orchestrator, conductor, and music producer, who has regularly written for video games, television, and films, such as Metal Gear Solid series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Martian, and the Shrek franchise. Gregson-Williams was born on December 13, 1961, in Chichester, Sussex, England, U.K., to a musical family. He is the brother of composer Rupert Gregson-Williams. He won a musical scholarship to St John’s College at the University of Cambridge at the age of seven, where he was a child chorister, and later attended Stowe School, a boarding independent school in the civil parish of Stowe in Buckinghamshire, where he was a music scholar, followed by a coveted spot at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. 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 four children and has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1995.
Gregson-Williams 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. He has also just completed work on Adamson’s Mr Pip starring Hugh Laurie. His other recent scores include Blackhat for Michael Mann, Monkey Kingdom for Disney Nature and Miss You Already for director Catherine Hardwicke, The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, Total Recall starring Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale, music for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the animated film from Aardman, Arthur Christmas, and the action thriller Cowboys & Aliens directed by Jon Favreau as well as the unique documentary Life in a Day.
Gregson-Williams’s long list of film credits also includes the critically acclaimed The Town, marking his second collaboration with director Ben Affleck. His 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; and Tony Scott on Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Déjà Vu, Domino, Man on Fire, Spy Game and Enemy of the State. Gregson-Williams’ prolific output has also seen him scoring Mike Newell’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; Adamson’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Mr Pip; Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven; Beeban Kidron’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; Aardman’s animated smash Chicken Run; 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 also composed music for several video games, having notably helped score every main entry in the highly successful Metal Gear Solid franchise for the Konami Metal Gear series since Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. In addition, he has scored three of the five games in the recently released Call of Duty for Activision series which became the top selling video game of 2014 and which earned him various music gaming awards.
My collection includes the following work by Harry Gregson-Williams:
The Chronicles of Narnia—The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005): Suite.