Alex Staropoli

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Alex Staropoli
Alex Staropoli performing in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2010.
Alex Staropoli performing in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2010.
Background information
Birth nameAlessandro Staropoli
Born (1970-01-09) 9 January 1970 (age 52)
Trieste, Italy
  • Musician
  • composer
Years active1993–present

Alessandro "Alex" Staropoli (born 9 January 1970) is a keyboard player, composer, leader and co-founder (with Luca Turilli) of the Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire. He does the orchestral arrangements in all the band's songs.[3] Following the split with Turilli, Staropoli is Rhapsody of Fire's only remaining founding member.


Staropoli was born in Trieste. As a child he was mainly interested in nature – mountains, forests and lakes. At the age of nine he got his first piano and began to study its basics,[3][4] and at the age of fourteen he bought his first electric guitar. After meeting Luca, but before the creation of Rhapsody of Fire, he bought a Korg 01/W pro keyboard, a model he still uses.[3]

Alex and Luca met in 1990 during a course in mental techniques (how to have more control of your own mind), and together they started the band Rhapsody (later named as Rhapsody of Fire) in 1993.[3]


  1. ^ "Rock Detector". Archived from the original on 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  2. ^ a b Allmusic
  3. ^ a b c d "Official Alex Staropoli Website". Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
  4. ^ "Interview With Rhapsody's Alex Staropoli". 2001-02-23. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-23.

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