Robert Vilera was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he was surrounded by Afro-Venezuelan and Afro-Cuban rhythm. His father, a respected percussionist in his native country, tutored and encouraged Vilera on timbales through his adolescent years. Robert Vilera studied at the respected Orquesta Simfonica de Venezuela (The Symphonic Orchestra of Venezuela), and his percussion technique soon garnered attention from his colleagues. He joined the popular music ensembles Oscar D'Leon, where he enjoyed widespread worldwide exposure. Besides being known for his skillful timbale work, Robert also plays congas, bongos, drum set, djembe, cajon and a wide variety of assorted percussion instruments. His technique on all of these instruments is masterful and unparalleled.Playing and co-producing with various artists. Robert has had 10 nominations at the Grammy's. Rob Vilera has worked with Paul Simons, Shakira,Ricky Martin,Jennifer Lopez,Alejandro Sanz,Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Jaime Fox,Queen Latifah, the late Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Cachao, India, Eddie Palmieri, Paulina Rubio, Thalia, Luis Enrique, Nestor Torres, Richard Bona, Gabriela Andrews, Richie Flores, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Valentin, Dave Samuels and countless other high-profile music acts. Robert has performed on television on such shows as the Grammy Awards, The Latin Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards, The MTV Music Awards. Vilera is comfortable working in any genre of music from Symphonic to Jazz,Funk and from Latin to House. Robert Vilera is also a skilled clinician who shares his limitless knowledge of music to younger percussionists around the world. Today, he is an established and respected musician, recording, teacher, band director, and master percussionist, and continues to push the boundaries of his craft.