MR Alex Pertout

MR Alex Pertout


  • Percussion, Latin American Musical Styles, Latin-American Percussion (Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Berimbau, Cajon, Bombo, Latin American Percussion, Afro-American Percussion)




    Chilean born Alex Pertout has for decades being recognised as one of Australia's leading percussionists and with credits on hundreds of albums and soundtracks is undeniably one of Australia's most recorded musicians. Alex has also attained credits with television orchestras, in countless live performances, in the theatre, as a recording artist and record producer as well as a respected educator. “A musician’s musician, this Chilean born percussionist must have made an impact on everyone at some time or other through his extensive performances on record, stage and screen.” THE AGE

    As a founding member of the Australian Art Orchestra led by Paul Grabowsky he has toured Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania, has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, has recording, performance and television orchestra credits with an array of artists including Powderfinger, Badi Assad, Shane Howard, James Morrison, Paul Kelly, Casiopea, Jackson Browne, Little River Band w/John Farnham, Archie Roach, Hunters & Collectors, Daryl Braithwaite, Goanna, Tony Gould, Dave Valentin, Tina Arena, Kate Ceberano, Tom E Lewis and Brian Brown among many others and was a featured percussionist in The Lion King theatre production.

    Alex has produced cds as a multi-instrumentalist/composer, is the author of 'Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book' released worldwide by US publishers Mel Bay, is a regular contributor to Drumscene magazine and is endorsed internationally by Meinl percussion, Sabian cymbals and Vater sticks. Alex graduated with High Distinction from the VCA, holds an MPhil from the ANU and is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Jazz & Improvisation at the Faculty of VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne.

    His current project Alex & Nilusha with vocalist, composer Nilusha Dassenaike authe   



Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 1993. Awarded Recording Grant Australia Council For The Arts
    1997. Awarded Ensemble Development Grant Australia Council For The Arts   


Education and training

  • Dip Music VCA, Victorian College of the Arts
  • MPhil ANU, Australian National University

Awards and honors

  • 'Premio Internacional' - Instituto Cubano De La Musica (Havana, Cuba), 2015
  • 'Best Australian Ensemble' Bell Awards - Australian Art Orchestra, 2005
  • 'Best Australian Contemporary Concert’ Helpmann Award - Australian Art Orchestra, 2004
  • 'Percussion On Fire Award' - Jazziz On Disc (USA), 1997
  • 'Latin Percussion Award' - Skin Full Reader's Poll, 1995
  • ‘Gold Disc Award' - Kate Ceberano & Her Septet Live!, 1990



Available for supervision

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