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He's good enough to be invited to conduct most of the major American orchestras and quite a few abroad. If you ask what repertoire he is skilled at conducting, that depends on the repertoire. Even the greatest of conductors - Toscanini, Stokowski, von Karajan, Solti - specialized in certain composers, and not all good conductors of symphonic music are good at conducting operas. John Williams is good enough to be invited to conduct the music he is comfortable performing, and he draws big audiences. Because of this combination of talent and market recognition, I'm pretty sure most concert hall managers would qualify him as a very good conductor indeed.
p.s. I should add I've heard both Copland and Stravinsky conduct major orchestras, and even though they weren't trained as conductors, they learned well enough to perform admirably in their own music and that of other composers. John Williams has been following in their tradition, and with more success as a conductor.
Re: How good of a conductor is John Williams?
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