Award winning composer Marco Beltrami established an early reputation as a genre innovator with non-traditional horror scores for the Scream franchise and Don?t Be Afraid of the Dark. Beltrami?s musical palette has since expanded to virtually all film genres. Beltrami has received two Academy Award nominations for Best Score. First, for 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, and shortly after for his score to the Academy award winning film for Best Picture, The Hurt Locker. Beltrami received a Golden Satellite Award for Best Film Score of The Year for Soul Surfer. His recent projects include Trouble with the Curve, The Sessions, A Good Day to Die Hard, and Warm Bodies. Beltrami has lent his musical voice to such unique hit films as Live Free or Die Hard, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and I, Robot. Other scoring credits include The Woman in Black, The Thing, and Deadfall. Most recently Beltrami created the nail-biting score to World War Z, using animal skulls and is scoring the Marvel film The Wolverine. Other upcoming projects include Snowpiercer and Carrie.
Upon completing undergraduate studies 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 study 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 Beltrami landed Wes Craven?s Scream. After Scream, he 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. Despite his success as a horror composer, Beltrami took a while to warm up to the chill of horror films. ?Scream was the first one I saw entirely,? Beltrami stated. ?Coming from a concert background, though, I realized that horror lends itself well to compositional techniques associated with 20th Century music, and so I was able to come up with a unique voice for these films.? 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 including 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.