Raul Cordies was born in Santiago de Cuba and received his musical education in his hometown, at the Esteban Salas Conservatory of Music. During his early years, Cordies participated in the Amadeus Roldan competitions and received awards and recognition for his musical interpretations. Beginning in 1983 he continued with his studies at the Professional School of Music in Camaguey, Cuba. While there, he participated in many different jazz festivals as a member of a saxophone quartet.
After graduating in 1986, Cordies taught saxophone at the School of Art in Santiago. During his tenure as a teacher, his students were recognized for their meritorious level of musical performance and were chosen to advance into higher music education studies. Cordies continued with his own classical saxophone studies under Miguel Villafruela at the prestigious Higher Institute of Arts. In 1992 he received “First Level” as Soloist Musician from the Ministry of Culture in Santiago. This citation led him to participate in various performances with the Modern Music Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Santiago.
In 2008, Cordies teamed up with his childhood friend saxophonist Oscar Gongora to be part of the Latin Sax Quartet, a chamber music quartet formed with the encouragement of the legendary classical clarinetist, Latin Jazz saxophonist, composer, and 13 time Grammy winner, Paquito D’ Rivera. This venture has transported him into the halls of the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, and Hudson Theater in NY, Salem State University and the Bronx Museum of Art.
Raul Cordies arrived in the United States in 1999, along with his wife Rebeca Maso, formerly a ballet dancer who currently co-directs La Casa’s Dance Immersion Program;
From 2001 to 2006 he was Worship Team Director at the Cross Pointe Community Christian Church and at the Word of Victory Christian Church. He continues to teach in several private music schools and is now part of the Latin Sax Quartet as Baritone Saxophone player.These performing experiences enabled him to be part of other jazz festivals throughout the island as well as in the Caribbean and Venezuela.
- Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York
- Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center
- The Hudson Theater in NY
- Upcoming CD release in 2014 “Kites Over Havana” with guest artist Paquito D’ Rivera & Dr. Paul Cohen
- Salem State University, Massachusetts USA
- Bronx Museum of Art At the Yamaha Piano Salon NY