JMW

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Industry Arts
Occupation conductor, violinist
Location MI, United States
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Introduction John McLaughlin Williams is the first African-American conductor to win a GRAMMY®. With the release of his recordings in Naxos' American Classics series, his conducting has become known on both sides of the Atlantic. He's been critically hailed in publications such as Classic FM, International Record Review, Diapason, Fanfare and Gramophone. John is also active in pops concerts and as conductor for artists such as Al Jarreau, the Celtic group Colcannon, Brian McKnight and The Winans. His has appeared with the Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Symphony and National Radio Orchestra of Ukraine, Chicago Sinfonietta, Classic FM Orchestra (Bulgaria), and Britt Festival Orchestra. John won a Grammy for a recording of Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques, with pianist Angelin Chang and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Three more Grammy nominations are for recordings of the Bloch and Lees Concerti with Elmar Oliveira, and the Viola Works of Quincy Porter with violist Eliesha Nelson.
Interests music
Favorite Movies Mike Figgis' Liebestraum, Taken, Pan's Labyrinth
Favorite Music Classical Music
Favorite Books Who Killed Classical Music by Norman Lebrecht, How Democracies Perish by Jean-Francois Revel, Bias by Bernard Goldberg

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