adjunct faculty (keyboard)
Alessandro Bertoni hails from Treviso, Italy. He took up classical piano at the Conservatory of Castelfranco at an early age, received his diploma there, and moved onto jazz studies in Milan and Padua. He then moved to the high energy environment of Los Angeles, where he now lives and works as a performer, session keyboardist, and music educator. His musical style is defined by intense instrumental technicality and heavy arrangements blended with improvisational jazz fusion elements. After completing his studies at Musician’s Institute, his first major project was Aphelion, with whom he released “Franticode” in 2008, an album produced by the keyboard guru Derek Sherinian.
In 2013 he released his debut solo album “Keystone,”published by German label Generation Prog Records. “Keystone” includes performances by such luminaries as guitarist Brett Garsed, bassist Ric Fierabracci, and legendary drummer Virgil Donati, and Alessandro’s forthcoming recordings will feature drummer Thomas Lang and bassist Stu Hamm. Alessandro has recorded and produced keyboards for more than 20 albums by artists all around the world. He is an endorsing artist for Nord and Studiologic, and frequently performs live with various prog rock, metal, and pop rock bands in the industry as a hired musician. He considers himself a guitar-oriented keyboardist, and cites his main influences as Jon Lord, Keith Emerson, Derek Sherinian, Jan Hammer, John Medeski, Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen, Allan Holdsworth, and old school progressive rock.