Marcelo Zarvos

Marcelo Uchoa Zarvos is a Brazilian pianist and composer.

Marcelo Zarvos
Marcelo Uchoa Zarvos

São Paulo, Brazil
Alma materBerklee College of Music
OccupationComposer, pianist
Partner(s)Janel Moloney

Life and careerEdit

Zarvos was born in São Paulo. He began in classical music in his teens and studied at the Berklee College of Music.

He is more known for jazz and had success with the album Dualism accompanied by saxophonist Peter Epstein. He has done several film scores including Kissing Jessica Stein, The Door in the Floor, Sin Nombre, and Boynton Beach Club. Most recently, he composed the score for American Ultra (2015), starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, and The Choice, starring Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer.

His music has been recorded a number of times by the string quartet ETHEL. He composed the score for the 2007 film The Air I Breathe, starring Kevin Bacon, Julie Delpy, Brendan Fraser, Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Emile Hirsch, and Forest Whitaker. In 2011 he composed the score for Beastly, which stars Vanessa Hudgens[1] and The Beaver starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. He also composed the score for the 2012 film Won't Back Down which stars Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Holly Hunter. In 2012 he composed the score for The Words which stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, and Dennis Quaid.


Theatrical filmsEdit

Year Title Director Notes
2000 Tully Hilary Birmingham N/A
2001 Kissing Jessica Stein Charles Herman-Wurmfeld N/A
The Buffalo War Matthew Testa N/A
2002 2wks, 1yr Chris McKay N/A
Xingu: Land of No Shame Michael Engel N/A
2003 The Mudge Boy Michael Burke N/A
2004 The Door in the Floor Tod Williams N/A
2005 Strangers with Candy Paul Dinello N/A
Our Brand Is Crisis Rachel Boynton N/A
Four Lane Highway Dylan McCormick N/A
Escape Artists Michael Laurence N/A
Boynton Beach Club Susan Seidelman N/A
2006 The Architect Matt Tauber N/A
Ira & Abby Robert Cary N/A
Hollywoodland Allen Coulter N/A
The Good Shepherd Robert De Niro N/A
2007 You Kill Me John Dahl N/A
The Air I Breathe Jieho Lee N/A
Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot Tod Harrison Williams N/A
2008 What Just Happened Barry Levinson N/A
Winged Creatures Rowan Woods N/A
New York, I Love You Joshua Marston Joshua Marston segment
Last Stop 174 Bruno Barreto N/A
2009 Brooklyn's Finest Antoine Fuqua N/A
Sin Nombre Cary Joji Fukunaga N/A
2010 Please Give Nicole Holofcener N/A
Remember Me Allen Coulter N/A
2011 Beastly Daniel Barnz N/A
The Beaver Jodie Foster N/A
Friends with Kids Jennifer Westfeldt N/A
2012 The Words Brian Klugman N/A
The Bay Barry Levinson N/A
Won't Back Down Rowan Woods N/A
2013 Reaching for the Moon Bruno Barreto N/A
The Hot Flashes Susan Seidelman N/A
Enough Said Rowan Woods N/A
The Face of Love Arie Posin N/A
2014 Little Accidents Sara Colangelo N/A
The Humbling Barry Levinson N/A
Adult Beginners Ross Katz N/A
2015 American Ultra Nima Nourizadeh N/A
Rock the Kasbah Barry Levinson N/A
2016 Our Kind of Traitor Susanna White N/A
Cell Tod Williams N/A
The Choice Ross Katz N/A
2017 Wonder Stephen Chbosky N/A
2018 The Land of Steady Habits Nicole Holofcener N/A
Mapplethorpe Ondi Timoner N/A
2019 The Best of Enemies Robin Bissell N/A
Breakthrough Roxann Dawson N/A
Otherhood Cindy Chupack N/A
Human Capital Marc Meyers N/A
Dark Waters Todd Haynes N/A
2020 Penguin Bloom Glendyn Ivin N/A
2021 The Guilty Antoine Fuqua N/A
A Journal for Jordan Denzel Washington N/A
2022 Deep Water Adrian Lyne N/A

Television filmsEdit

Year Title Director Notes
2009 Taking Chance Ross Katz N/A
2010 You Don't Know Jack Barry Levinson N/A
2011 Too Big to Fail Curtis Hanson N/A
2013 Phil Spector David Mamet N/A
2019 What's My Name: Muhammad Ali Antoine Fuqua N/A
2022 Ray Donovan: The Movie David Hollander N/A

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Director Notes
1998 Uma História de Futebol Paulo Machline N/A
2000 The Happy Prince (Alba E Garcia- Rivas)
  • Garcia Rivas Alba
  • Alba Enid Garcia
2002 Abbie Down East Ellen-Alinda Verhoeff N/A
Baseado em Estórias Reais Gustavo Moraes N/A
2003 La sexta sección Alex Rivera N/A
2005 The Foster Son Ellen-Alinda Verhoeff N/A
2006 Cosmic Collisions Carter Emmart N/A
2008 The Receiver Anne Devereux N/A
2013 Presque pareil Élisabeth Desbiens N/A

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Notes
2009 30 for 30 Episode: The Band That Wouldn't Die
2010–2013 The Big C 39 episodes
2013–2020 Ray Donovan 82 episodes
2014 Extant 13 episodes
2015–2017 Z: The Beginning of Everything 10 episodes
One Mississippi 12 episodes
2019 The Loudest Voice 7 episodes
2020 FreeRayshawn 15 episodes


  1. ^ "Births and Hitched". Variety. May 3, 2010.

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