Elio Piedra began his career at the age of 10 at the Arts Conservatory Raul Sanchez in Cuba, specializing in percussion studies. From the age of 11 he got involved in the Jazz world and the fusion between Jazz, Rumba and Afro Cuban rhythms. He received musical influence from Hector Alonso, Benicio Lezcano, and Sergio M. Cardoso, whom created a strong classical base that prepared him for the future. At the age of 12 he began to participate in the most important music festivals in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, as well as in the national music festivals. When he was 15 years old he began his music studies at the National Conservatory of Music Carlos Hidalgo in Cuba, where he toured with the symphony orchestra around the country. At the same time, he began to perform with the popular salsa group “El Cumbre”, with which he became a well recognized drummer on the state on Pinar del Rio. When performing with “El Cumbre” he had the opportunity to perform with important musicians such as “Aguaje”, who was the director of the group “Buena Vista Social Club”, Magno Bisoli, who is a well recognized Brazilian musician, among other guests from Belgium and Argentina.
He participated in the longest Rumba festival in the world at the age of 17, in which he performed as a timbal player. He also performed at the “Rancho Club Show” in Consolacion del Sur, Cuba, and accompanied many recognized singers (as a drummer), such as Maria Antonia Loriga, La Mora, Marielena Lazo among others.Participated in the very important musical project “Internos La Musica” sponsored and directed by Luis Angel Sanchez, who was the bass player for the well known songwriter and singer "Pablo Milanes". Performed with the group “Sonora”, directed by Lazaro Reyes, as well as with the popular salsa group “Prisma” . Furthermore, at the age of 17 performed as a guest in the “Fiesta del tambor” (known as Havana Drums Festival), a percussion festival. During his last year at the conservatory he performed in the “Jojazz”, which is the international Jazz festival sponsored by Chucho Valdez, from which he was selected to play with the famous musician Bobby Carcaces, as well as to record television programs and interviews. From the previous performance it was created a group called “Primera Mano”, with which he recorded an album called “Fantasia”. This group focused on the fusion between the Latin Jazz and popular salsa rhythms. With “Primera Mano” he had the opportunity to collaborate with the famous Adel Gonzales, congas player for “Buena Vista Social Club” and Irakere; he also had the opportunity to play with “El Macri”, the singer of AfroCuban All Stars, among other important musicians. He interacted with the “Bamboleo” orchestra, and the group “Klimax en la Capital” in Havana, Cuba. When he was 19 years old he recorded a music video with a pop group directed by Yoyo Ibarra. This music video was nominated for the “Premios Lucas” festival in Havana, Cuba.
He arrived in the United States with 20 years old and almost immediately performed with Marielena Lazo at a concert in Solares Garden, Miami. In this concert he performed with recognized musicians, including Pancho Cepedes’ band, Manolin”El Medico de la Salsa” ‘s musicians, and directed by the pianist Arronte. He decided to continue his career in the city of Gainesville, FL, where he is immediately asked to play with the Latin band, “Tropix”, in which he has performed Latin styles such as salsa, merengue, bachata, son, and Latin jazz. In Gainesville, he has performed with recognized musicians such as Gosia, Ali Che Ree, Karl Wainsmantel, Ekendra Das, Latin percussion artist Marty Liquori (famous Jazz musician), sax player Bem Champion, Vic Donnel, Geoffrey Perry, and Scott Wilson,Richy Stano"RnE'sArmy,Delorean Fullington,Brian Stevens,Sean Taylor ,Kevin Hicks,among many others. The above mentioned musicians all belong to the recognized “Friends of Jazz” institution. Moreover, Elio Piedra has performed in several clubs in north florida with his own musical project called “Ondulando”, in which he performs with the recognized singer Laura Porras (performed in the television channels Univision, Telemundo, and across the city of Miami). With “Ondulando” he has performed and developed as a singer, congas and bongos player, pianist, and drummer. “Ondulando” has performed at Sabore Restaurant, Emiliano’s Cafe, Jazz Club Leonardo’s 706,101 Downtown club,Napolatanos,Vine Gainesville,The Bull Club,The Bank Club,The Jam Club,among others. He also has performed at The Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College with his recent Jazz Fusion Quartet ,EQT (Elio's Quartet) ,Recital Hall 101 at University of Florida and has been invited to present Master classes at Guitar Center (where he began working in 2014), where he has developed as a drums’ instructor. He has also participated as a drummer in important events at the University of Florida, such as a performance at the UF President’s house. Furthermore, he performed for the major of the city of Jacksonville with Tropix, and played at the blues’ club “Dirty’s Bar”, played at “the Jam” club with Calvin Bond, Antonio Lincon and Scott Wilson. He recorded several drums’ performance DVDs, one of which he recorded with the Former Backstreet Boys drummer, current Trace Lawrence drummer, and Pearl Artist, Tom Hurst. In the DVDs he presented his knowledge of different percussion styles.Elio become part of the Chris McCarty'sBand as a drummer and started performing at Hard Rock Cafe ,The Straz theater in Tampa Bay,Jacksonville,Gainesville,Orlando,and the Clearwater area in Tampa fl.He is also playing with the Scott Wilson (played for Steve Wonder)Jazz quintet at101 Downtown Club and with the steel percussion band of University of Florida as a special guest.Elio performed at Namm Show 2015 with musicians and drummers like Alex Acuna,Calixto Oviedo,Jesus Diaz,Eliel Lazo as a special guest from Soultone Cymbals his cymbals endorsement,also he is endors with Gon Bops percussion,Innovative percussion"sticks",Aquarian Drumheads and Ancient Tree"snare drums endorsement". He also performed at the Namm Show 2016 with the Multi Award Winner Grammy "BAKITHY KUMALO", PAUL SIMON's Bass Player together with Noor Chee Ree and Lee Piatelli.
He currently remains a drums instructor at Ancient Rhythms Drum Shop in Gainesville Florida, as well as a private piano, percussion, and drums instructor. He continues to play with Marty Liquori's Jazztet, Geoffrey Perry, Scott Wilson ,Richy among others. He remains playing in the world of Jazz, and has been asked to perform with “Chuchito” Valdes Award Latin Grammy Winner 2015 at the Historic Thomas Center,also at Spring Arts Festival severals times. He has been invited to perform at the “Friends of Jazz” music festival and continues to present Master classes as part of his Drums Clinic Tour 2015 in Washintong DC,Atlanta,Tampa,Miami,Gainesville,Puerto Rico,Cuba,etc. He will be collaborating with the famous congas player Gumbi Ortiz,Amaurys Lopez Jackson(producer of the Kc and the Sunshine Band,Marc anthony,Thalia ,Alegrandra Guzman,Tito Nieves,among others.Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez (jazz trumpet player), Mayito Rivera from the famous Cuban orchestra “Los Van Van”,Ramon Vasquez bass player , producer from Puerto Rico and president of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival.Ending September 2015 Elio create an amazing project called "EQT"(Elio's Quartet) with such incredibles musicians as
Yunior Arronte and Keys, Livan Mesa Piano and keys and Daniel Stable and Yorgis Goiricelalla on bass. Releasing their new album "Pathway" with in just a month in the industry, this album was close to 8 millons of followers on Soundcloud. EQT become exclusive artist for the "RTG"(rojas talent group) in Las Vegas,also for the Music Star Agency in NYC. They performed at the Fine Arts Hall Auditurum in the #1 Colleague in the nation. Santa Fe in Gainesville,Florida.
Also at the Thomas Center in Gainesville Florida.
Elio is still doing collaborations with diferents artists like Orquesta Fuego at the America's get Talent Show, Chris McCarty show man,Jennifer Holiday among other from California, NYC and all over the states. Elio and his project Elio's Quartet were on Tour all over Florida. Recently Elio and his project were recognized as Award Winner at Global Music Award .Two times Award Winner at The Akademia Award with his new single "FOR JAMES"and Album PATHWAY. Elio had created the Afro-Cuban Ensemble at University of Florida and keep developing his career as a clinician,touring ,artist and educator at The United States.
Elio is called by the amazing producer and artist Victor Romero to made his debut at the Salsa scene in November 6th of 2016 ,performing on timbales for the orquestra of the legendary singer of The Gran Combo and Fania All Starts "Andy Montanez". Sharing stage with some of the greater salsa artist of all time Gilberto Santa Rosa,Ruben Blades and El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.
Elio had the privilege of being part of The Habana Boys group from Cuba. Touring all the West Coast from Key West up to New York as a drummer and tour manager in the month of February and March 2017. In this Tour worked with very important producers in the music industry like Frank Fiore,Eric Vasquez and Eric Amada . With The Habana Boys Elio also had some important appearances in some publicity events like :iHeart Radio,West Palm Magazine,La Poderoza Radio,Cadena Azul Radio,Sawesiando Radio,Latino Boom Magazine,Tennessee Williams Theater Magazine,Trending Tv show in Miami,FL. America Tv (TN3 Tv show,Happy Hour Tv show, The Rick Sanchez show 90 Miles)
Currently is on his second USA Tour in the month of April with The Semi-toned group from Great Britain in different cities of CA,KY,ORG,IA,UTA,NV,among others.