Michael Pinnella

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Michael Pinnella
Michael Pinella playing live in Novara, Italy in June 2007
Background information
Birth name Michael Pinnella
Born (1969-08-29) August 29, 1969 (age 45)
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Progressive metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Keyboards, piano
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Symphony X

Michael Pinnella (born August 29, 1969) is a keyboard player, most notably for the band Symphony X. He has also released a solo album, a mixture of classical and progressive-styled music titled Enter By the Twelfth Gate on the InsideOut Music label in 2004. Michael is one of two Symphony X members to appear on all eight of the band's albums (the other being Michael Romeo).


Pinnella was born in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey and was encouraged since childhood to follow music. When he was four years old, he started taking piano lessons. He was heavily influenced by classic composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Bach.

When he was about 11 years old, he started to practice more seriously. Later in his youth, he was impressed by Yngwie Malmsteen and asked his parents to buy him a keyboard. When he got into college, he studied piano performance, theory and composition, and other musical courses. Other influences came from progressive/metal bands from the 1970s (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) and from the 1980s (DIO, Ozzy Osbourne).

When Pinnella finished college, he started teaching piano in a music store. One of the fellow teachers at the store was friends with Michael Romeo from Symphony X. In 1994, he was hired by the band as a keyboardist.

He is currently working at the in East Brunswick, NJ when not touring or recording. He is a Christian and also plays piano in his church.[1]

Pinnella's nephew, Chris Pinnella, is a vocalist for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


Pinnella uses the following equipment:

Roland V-synth XT


Year Title Type
2004 Enter By the Twelfth Gate Studio
2014 Ascension Studio

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