Grammy Award nominated percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel studied music at The Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York City, Pastore Music in New Jersey, and also attended La Escuela National de Arte (ENA) in Havana, Cuba in 1997 and 1999 under the direction of Chucho Valdez.
Chembo is a member of the faculty at Purchase College and also teaches percussion privately. Chembo has had the pleasure of working, touring and/or recording with many artists such as Chucho Valdez, Larry Harlow, Tito Puente, Machito, Celia Cruz, Grady Tate, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin, Willie Colon, Angela Bofill, Steve Wilson, Ray Vega, Buddy Montogmery, Bob Baldwin, Chico Freeman and many more.
Chembo now leads his own Latin Jazz quintet Grupo Chaworo since October 2001 and also started his record company Chemboro Records. in 2004. Chembo Corniel landed a nomination from the 52nd NARAS Grammy Awards for his latest CD, “Things I Wanted To Do” for "Best Latin Jazz Album" in 2010. Chembo Corniel has been an LP artist since 1982.