Born in Madrid (Spain) in 1963, Marco Werba has lived in Rome, Italy, since 1966. He is a versatile composer and has an extensive background in the music field, earning a Degree in Composition and Choral conducting. He also studied at the Mannes College of Music in New York attending workshops in composition, orchestration and Film music. In addition, he studied conducting at the Academie de Guerande in France.
He was a member of the jury of the International Film Festivals in Messina and Catania, created the film music workshop “Music for Images” and the international film music competition, “Mario Nascimbene Award”.
His first musical score in 1989, for Cristina Comencini’s film Zoo, won the prestigious Italian “Colonna Sonora” Award, when Ennio Morricone and Francis Lai, received “Colonna Sonora – Lifetime Achievement Awards”,
Marco Werba has gone on to score a range of Historical dramas including Anita – Una Vita per Garibaldi, and, in collaboration with Academy-Award winning composer Francis Lai, Amore e Libertà, Masaniello (Love of Freedom).
He wrote the soundtrack of Giallo, the pulp thriller by cult italian director Dario Argento, starring Adrien Brody. This score won the “Fantasy & Horror Award”, the “Fantafestival Award 2010” and the “Fantasy Horror Cine Festival Award 2011”.
He is noted for his work as a film composer but has also written a number of classical concert pieces including Adagio for the victims of Auschwitz, Dark Symphony and Symphonic Tango.
In 2011 Marco Werba received the “Globo d’Oro” Award (“Golden Globes” of the Foreign Press Association in Italy) for the music of the thriller Native, directed by John Real.