Marco Beltrami

Marco Beltrami was born the son of an Italian immigrant from the small woodcarving town of Fornero, Italy. (Now known for its production of wooden Pinocchios). From this small, relatively isolated mountain town, Marco received a rich musical heritage, singing in the "Camerata Delle Montagne" and performing as the town organist. At a very early age, Marco began his pursuit of music composition, and after a brief period of study in Venice with the Italian master, Luigi None, he entered the Yale School of Music on scholarship.

In 1992, Marco moved to Los Angeles to undertake a fellowship with Academy Award-winning composer, Jerry Goldsmith. While learning the technical aspects of film scoring, Marco was also completing orchestral commissions for the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Sao Paulo State Orchestra in Brazil, and the 0akland East Bay Symphony. Since then, he has tried to balance completing concert pieces simultaneously with a film scoring career, however, in the past two years, this has proven very difficult. Beginning with a short Sony-funded film, The Bicyclist (1994), Marco has not had more than a week break between film and television projects. His credits include the syndicated t.v series "Land's End," various Showtime films and network television movies of the week. His latest score is to the Miramax film Scream which is due to open in theatres December 1996.

At 30 years old, Marco has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the ASCAP and BMI Foundations, the Harry Warren Fellowship Committee, and Meet the Composer, Inc. to present his works in public.

Among the most important influences on his film career, Marco counts Ennio Morricone and Jerry Goldsmith.