Alex Staropoli / Alessandro “Alex” Staropoli (born 9 January 1970 in Trieste, Italy) 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. Following the split with Turilli, Staropoli is Rhapsody of Fire’s only remaining founding member. Alex has started working on his first solo album with his brother Manuel, who is also featured on every Rhapsody of Fire album playing the baroque recorder and flutes. He has stated that he is writing the songs together with Manuel, and that he is aiming for an album using more heavy metal elements than the orchestral style of Rhapsody of Fire.