Behind the Film Score with Composer Harry Gregson-Williams at the UO School of Music and Dance

One of Hollywood’s most sought-after and prolific composers, Harry Gregson-Williams’s long list of film and television credits underscore his diverse range of talents. His genre-spanning projects include work on Disney’s live-action “Mulan,” “The Meg” directed by Jon Turteltaub, and “The Equalizer 2,” starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua. His original music is currently heard on the soundtracks for “The Last Duel” and “House of Gucci” both directed by Ridley Scott and the new HBO series, “The Gilded Age” which he scored along with his brother, composer Rupert Gregson-Williams.

On Tuesday, April 19 at 7pm in Beall Concert Hall on the UO campus, Gregson-Williams offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at his home studio. The multimedia presentation demonstrates the musical elements of his well-known movie film scores including “Shrek” and “The Martian,” as well as the music behind popular video games “Call of Duty” and “Metal Gear Solid.” 

"Harry Gregson-Williams is undoubtedly one of the greatest film composers of our times,” says UO Professor of Composition and Theory Rob Kyr. “His presentation regarding his musical approach to the visual medium will be a revelation for all those who attend – not to be missed!”

Gregson-Williams was the composer on all four installments of the animated blockbuster “Shrek” franchise, garnering a BAFTA Award nomination for the score of the first film. He also received Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for his score for Andrew Adamson’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.”

He has collaborated multiple times with directors Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Kingdom of Heaven”), Joel Schumacher (“The Number 23,” “Phone Booth”), Ben Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”), Tony Scott (“Unstoppable,” “Man on Fire”), Niki Caro (“Mulan,” “The Zookeeper’s Wife”), and Jon Favreau (“Cowboys and Aliens”). He also scored three of the “Metal Gear Solid” games and garnered several awards for his work on “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.” 

The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP or ticket is necessary.