born in 1948
Alias Bill Ross
William Ross (composer)
William Ross (born 1948), is an American composer, orchestrator, arranger, conductor and music director. He has worked with a large array of artists and musicians, from famous Hollywood composers John Williams, Alan Silvestri, John Powell, Michael Giacchino, Klaus Badelt, or Michael Kamen, to pop music icons and best-sellers such as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Michael Jackson, David Foster, Quincy Jones, Babyface and Sting.
Ross has composed the soundtrack for films such as Tuck Everlasting, My Dog Skip and Ladder 49. He adapted and conducted John Williams's themes for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In 2008, he scored the CGI-film The Tale of Despereaux, from Universal Studios.
Ross has been Music Director on many shows and for various artists, including on Barbra Streisand's 2006 US tour and 2007 European tour, as well as on the 79th, 83rd, 85th and 86th Academy Awards.
William Ross' most recent work is the comedy Balls To The Wall, directed by Penelope Spheeris, for whom he had previously worked on The Little Rascals and Black Sheep. He also recently adapted and conducted John Williams' music for the upcoming Star Tours: The Adventures Continue ride for Disney with pre-show and queue music composed and adapted by Michael Giacchino and conducted by Tim Simonec.
Ross is the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards (in 2007 and 2009), one Daytime Emmy Award (in 1991), and has been nominated for one Annie Award (in 2008).