Pianist, trumpeter, arranger, and composer Edgar Pantoja-Aleman has devoted his life to an intense passion for music. He was born in Santiago de Cuba, and at the age of 11, began studying classical music, motivated by his mother who discovered in him innate musical inclinations, especially in Afro-Cuban rhythms.
The trumpet was his first instrument and the beginning of a long musical journey, taking up the piano soon after. From 1994-2008, Edgar worked as a teacher, in Havana and in Spain, giving instruction in piano, brass, harmony, and percussion. He moved to New York City in 2008, where he has performed with David Murray, Pedrito Martinez, and many others. Edgar joined The Pedrito Martinez Group in November of 2014.