Marco Valerio Antonini is a Los Angeles-based, classically trained Italian composer of music for Film, TV and Videogames. His work spans from over-the-top comedy scoring for orchestra to Drama music combining organic and electronics. He also collaborates with composer Jeff Beal on projects such as Netflix's House of Cards and NatGeo's The Long Road Home, and Videogame composer Gordy Haab, for whom he wrote additional music for Star Wars: Battlefront II (EA), Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (EA) and Halo Wars 2 (Microsoft).
He won several awards including the prestigious Krakow Film Music Festival Young Talent Award, and the Juan Gil International Soundtrack Prize.
Marco graduated from the USC Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program, being awarded the 2015-16 USC Henry Warren Screen Composing Award.
He attended the ASCAP TV & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles, and was awarded for his achievements in the program.
He holds a Master's Degree in Composition and Orchestration from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome, Italy.
In 2009, marco attended the Film Scoring Master Class “Fotogrammi e Pentagrammi”, taught by the Oscar-winning composer Nicola Piovani (Life is Beautiful).
He also studied Virtual Orchestration and Audio Post-Production, focusing especially on orchestral mockup making for film and television.
In 2011 he took part in the New Cinema Network Lab, organized by the Cinema per Roma foundation (Rome International Film Festival), composing the score for “La legge di Jennifer” (The Law of Jennifer), by Alessandro Capitani. This short film was awarded at international film festivals, including Studio Universal’s Cinemaster 2013, and premiered at 2012 Rome International Film Festival.
In 2013 he composed the original music for the Cinecittà / Luce documentary “PROFEZIA. L’Africa di Pasolini”, about the famous Italian poet. This film was invited to 70° International Venice Film Festival.
That successful experience started a continued collaboration with the Istituto Luce Cinecittà documentary production company, with two new documentaries: L’Ultima voce. Guido Notari (directed by Enrico Menduni) and 1945. L’anno che non c’è (directed by Beppe Attene), for the 70th anniversary of the World War II (2015) both presented at international film festivals.
In 2015 Marco moved to the United States, continuing his career in film and TV scoring, and expanding his area of interest to include interactive media.
In 2016 he completed the score to the feature film "Loners" directed by Eryc Tramonn.
From 2016 he collaborates with composer Jeff Beal as an orchestrator on projects such as the Netflix series House of Cards, the documentary Boston: a Running Story and many other projects involving collaborations with live musicians across the US including the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
He also collaborates as an additional music composer with Gordy Haab, for whom he has written music for titles such as Star Wars: Battlefront II, Halo Wars II, Crusaders of Light and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, all recorded by major orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London.
He won the prestigious Juan Gil International Soundtrack Competition, which culminated in a concert featuring the Film Symphony Orchestra in Madrid, performing his piece "Land - a story of belonging", opening a program featuring music by composers such as John Williams, Bruce Broughton and Hans Zimmer.
In 2018, his music was performed at the Tauron Arena in Krakow in a videogame music gala with thousands in the audience, as part of the prize for the Young Talent Award.
In 2020, he completed the score for COVID-19 Ground Zero, a feature drama about the condition of frontline workers during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. The score was recorded remotely with a socially-distanced symphony orchestra in Budapest, Hungary.
In 2021 he joined the rich legacy of composers writing music for the long-standing videogame series Star Wars: The Old Republic.
In 2023, he scored the multicultural romantic action comedy Chindia, directed by Sikandar Sidhu. The scores combines the tradition of acoustic romcom scoring with traditional instruments from India and China.