Robert Vilera was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he grew up surrounded by Afro-Venezuelan and Afro-Cuban rhythms. His father, a respected percussionist in his native country, tutored and encouraged Robert on Timbales through his adolescent years. Robert studied at the respected Symphonic Orchestra of Venezuela where his percussion technique soon garnered the attention of his colleagues. He joined the popular music ensemble of Oscar D’Leon, where he enjoyed worldwide exposure. Besides being known for his skillful work on timbales, Robert also plays congas, bongos, drums, cajón and a wide variety of percussion instruments. His technique on all these instruments is masterful and unparalleled.
Playing and co-producing with various artists, Robert Vilera has had (22) Grammy nominations and won (20). Among this collection, Robert has (2) Grammy Awards for Best Latin Jazz Album and (2) Grammy Awards for Best Salsa Album. He’s worked with: Paul Simons, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Jaime Fox, Queen Latifah, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Cachao, India, Eddie Palmieri, Paulina Rubio, Thalia, Luis Enrique, Victor Manuelle, Carlos Vives, Luis Fonsi, Nestor Torres, Richard Bona, Chino y Nacho, Prince Royce, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Valentin, Dave Samuels Caribbean Jazz Project, and many other high-profile musicians.
Robert Vilera has performed on television shows such as: The Grammy Awards, The Latin Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards and The MTV Music Awards. Robert has a line of Percussion Signature Instruments with Tycoon, and a band called ‘RV All Stars’ that accompanies some of the best artists in Latin music. Robert is comfortable working in multiple genres, from Symphonic, Jazz, Funk, Latin to House. He’s also a skilled clinician who shares his limitless knowledge to percussionists around the world. Established and respected musician, recording engineer, teacher, band director and master percussionist, Robert continues to push the boundaries of his craft every day.