Alex Pertout is one of Australia's leading percussionists and with credits on over 140 albums is undeniably one of Australia's most recorded musicians. Born in Santiago, Chile, he lived in Italy before settling in Australia in 1972, where he graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with distinction in performance and composition in 1983. Diversity is certainly one of his major characteristics, and so far, his career has attained him credits on albums, soundtracks, and jingles, with television and theatre orchestras, as a musical director, as a record producer and engineer, and in countless live performances. He has also established himself as a respected educator and is currently Head of the Improvisation Department at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. He has toured Europe and Asia with the Australian Art Orchestra, has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, has recording, performance and television orchestra credits with artists such as Powderfinger, Brazilian artist Badi Assad, Tina Arena, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Commodores, Japanese fusion band Casiopea, John Tesh, Tom Jones, Merril Bainbridge, Little River Band with John Farnham, Hunters & Collectors, James Morrison, Archie Roach, Daryl Braithwaite, Brian Brown, French artist Charlelie Couture, Jane Rutter, Slava Grigoryan, Christine Sullivan, Things of Stone and Wood, Tim Finn, Tommy Emmanuel, Paul Grabowsky, Earl Brown, Ray Davies, Tony Gould, Debra Byrne, Olivia Newton-John, Kavisha Mazzella, The Lovers, Don Burrows, Glen Shorrock, Margaret Urlich, Grace Knight, Lisa McCune, Malaysian pop band Wings, Joan Carden, Skyhooks, Slim Dusty, Goanna, Redgum, and the Australian Philarmonic Orchestra.