Alessandro Cortini

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Alessandro Cortini
Instruments: Synth, Guitar, Vocals
Years: 2005–2008
Tours: With Teeth–Lights In The Sky Over North America

Alessandro Cortini (born May 24, 1976, in Bologna, Italy) was the keyboardist during live performances by Nine Inch Nails from 2005 through 2009. He also occasionally plays guitar. For example, Cortini plays guitar on "Getting Smaller," "Mr. Self Destruct," and "Echoplex."


Cortini was born in the Italian city of Bologna and raised in Forli. Sometime around 1998, Cortini moved to the United States to study guitar at the Musicians Institute, where he met Swedish guitarist Pelle Hillström. After graduating he began focusing on keyboards and synths. While briefly teaching at the Musicians Institute, he saw an ad for open auditions for Nine Inch Nails; after impressing Trent Reznor in his audition, he was brought on board to form the live band for the 2005 Live: With Teeth tour and has been a member of the band ever since. On December 13th, 2008, Cortini posted a blog on Modwheelmood's MySpace account stating that he is leaving the band and that the other members had known of his decision for some time.

Cortini is also the frontman of Los Angeles-area band modwheelmood, which he leads with Hillstrom. The band is signed to fellow NIN bandmate Aaron North and Travis Keller's record label, Buddyhead. Prior to forming modwheelmood, Cortini acted as touring guitarist for The Mayfield Four.

Cortini currently resides in the Los Angeles area with his dog and three cats.

Trent Reznor on hiring Cortini

"My first thought when Alessandro walked in was that he didn't look like what I had in mind. His presence was intense but gentle, not the 'I'm gonna attack you' energy fans might associate with NIN. Then he started, and within 30 seconds I was like 'That's the guy!' I never once regretted it. Without taking anything away from Charlie, Alessandro is really into playing the studio parts as much as humanly possible." [1]

Body of Work


  • ? (2003)
  • Enemies & Immigrants (2006)
  • Things Will Change (2007) - Remixes of Enemies & Immigrants
  • Pearls to Pigs, Vol.1 EP (2007)
  • Pearls to Pigs, Vol.2 EP (2008)
  • Pearls to Pigs, Vol.3 EP (2008)


Nine Inch Nails


  • Velocifero - collaboration & production. EP (2008)


  • Charmed & Strange (2008)


  • Righteous Kill (2008)
  • Tropic Thunder (2008)

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