The Composer

Just Announced! Oscar® and five-time Emmy® Award-winner Bill Conti is one of Hollywood's most respected composers and conductors for both film and television. His compositions have sold in excess of eight million albums, and he is in great demand as a conductor of symphony orchestras throughout the United States. For the silver screen, Bill Conti has composed the musical scores for many box office giants including Broadcast News, The Karate Kid and Private Benjamin. He won an Oscar® for Best Original Score for The Right Stuff in 1983 and received two Oscar® nominations for Best Original Song – one for the Sheena Easton hit record "For Your Eyes Only" from the James Bond picture of the same title and one for "Gonna Fly Now," the powerful anthem from the 1976 Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Rocky.

Bill Conti's work for the small screen has been equally as critically acclaimed, receiving a total of ten Emmy® nominations throughout his career, with five wins. Bill Conti has been the musical director for 19 of the internationally televised annual Academy Award ceremonies, most recently in 2003. Although the public may not be aware of it, Bill Conti has composed some of the most recognizable themes for television broadcasts, including those for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, 1988 Calgary Olympics, ABC's Good Morning America, Turning Point, World News Tonight, Prime Time Live, Nightline, ABC Sports, Inside Edition and American Gladiators. During the 1986-87 television season, Bill Conti set an all-time industry record for having composed no less than nine themes for television series playing concurrently in prime time: Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Cagney & Lacey, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, O'Hara, The Colbys, Our World, Business Week and Mariah.

Bill Conti assumed the role of San Diego Symphony’s Principal Pops Conductor in the 2013-14 season.

CLICK HERE for a recent story about Bill Conti and Your Song, Your Story on KPBS-FM! And CLICK HERE for the full 15 minute interview!