Luis Conte has had a remarkable career thus far, and he continues to grow in power and stature every year. He was born in Santiago, Cuba where he could not help growing up surrounded by music. From an early age, he was interested in not only traditional Cuban music but jazz, rock, r&b, soul and mixing together all of the above. When he was 15 he emigrated to Madrid, Spain and soon settled in Los Angeles where he gained experience playing guitar in rock groups as a teenager. While attending L.A. City College, he switched back to drums and percussion, developing quickly into a major musician.
Since that time, Conte has played with an endless assortment of major names from many different musical genres including Madonna, Ray Charles, Santana, Jackson Browne, Sergio Mendes, Cachao, Shakira, Beck, Sade, Herb Albert, Tony Bennett, Gerald Albright, Louis Bellson, Patrice Rushen, Toni Braxton, Cher, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Robben Ford, Julio Iglesias, Jewel, Elton John, Ricky Martin, Tania Maria, Vinx, Arturo Sandoval, Julian Lennon, Queen Latifa, the Yellowjackets, Barbara Streisand, Poncho Sanchez, Phil Collins, Strunz & Farah, Chaka Kahn and Poncho Sanchez. Few other musicians can be said to have played with both Jack Jones and Ozzy Osborne.
In addition, Luis Conte has been on numerous film soundtracks and is the percussionist in the orchestra that plays on the NBC hit series Dancing With The Stars. No matter what the setting or style, Luis Conte contributes class, swing, personality and his own brand of Cuban musical magic to every session.
Luis Conte has won many awards including several Grammies, percussionist of the year from Modern Drummer, and both percussionist and studio percussionist of the year from Drum Magazine. He will be a featured musician on the the 2011 James Taylor US Tour.
One of the most respected and recorded percussionists in the world, Luis Conte is heard at his most creative throughout En Casa de Luis, the latest accomplishment in his impressive career.