Upon completing undergraduate study at Brown University, Marco Beltrami entered the Yale School of Music on a scholarship. His pursuit of music composition then lead him to Venice for a period of studio with the Italian master, Luigi Nono and then finally to Los Angeles to undertake a fellowship with Academy Award-winning composer, Jerry Goldsmith.
Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Marco landed Wes Craven’s “Scream,” embarking on what would become the widely successful terror franchise. In his approach to scoring the film, he threw away conventional horror music clichés and instead called upon his concert music roots to explore a new sonic landscape.
After “Scream”, Marco went on to write his critically acclaimed score for Guillermo Del Toro’s “Mimic.” This was the first of several collaborations with Del Toro, including “Hellboy” and “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.” Subsequently, his resume has expanded to include films ranging from epic drama to dark comedy, working with some of the most recognizable names in the industry such as Kathryn Bigelow, James Mangold, Robert Rodriguez, Luc Besson, David Goyer, Bertrand Tavernier, Alex Proyas, Jonathan Mostow, Roland Joffe, Len Wiseman, Jodie Foster, David E. Kelly and Tommy Lee Jones.
Marco has been nominated twice for Academy Awards for Best Score. First, for “3:10 to Yuma,” starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, and shortly after for his score to 2010’s groundbreaking Best Picture, “The Hurt Locker.” Most recently, Marco’s score for “Soul Surfer,” won the 2012 Satellite Awards for Best Film Score of The Year.