Rodney Yllarza Barreto was born on January 25, 1984 in the city of Havana. He studied percussion at the Guillermo Tomás School and consecutively at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana.
The last name Barreto characterizes a family of strong musical tradition that is made from the presence of Mr. Alberto Barreto (uncle-grandfather) composer of songs like those performed by the barbarian of rhythm, Benny Moré. The last name Barreto presents substantial relevance in the field of Cuban percussion with Mr. Julio César Barreto (uncle) and young Rodney Yllarza Barreto. Rodney participates since the age of three in the world of music and entertainment under the supervision and care of his uncle Mr. Julio C. Barreto.
As a child Rodney Barreto was part of The Charanga de Guanabacoa Children's Orchestra, also known as Los Aragoncitos (referring to one of the most prestigious Cuban traditional music orchestras). From the age of seventeen he joined The Orquesta de Isaac Delgado (first line group and one of the most popular salsa bands in Cuba). With the help of the Canadian Jeff Goodspeed, he participated in LOS PRIMOS project, made up of several students from the Amadeo Roldán Academy.
He was a percussion teacher at The Paulita Concepción School in Havana since 2002 and for three consecutive years. He is winner of The 2010 Cubadisco Award for Best CD-DVD with his album Drums La Habana. For his outstanding performance and performance, Rodney was the winner of the award for Best Accompanying Musician in the National Contest for Young Cuban Jazz Makers JOJAZZ.
From a very young age and up to this present, Rodney has worked with great musicians and national and foreign groups among which stand out: Chucho Valdés (pianist), with the band Chucho Valdes Quinteto; Cuban and international artists on the occasion of the concert Paz sin Fronteras, La Habana 2009; Omara Portuondo (singer), presenting Omara Portuondo Gruop; Alexander Abreu with Alexander Abreu & Habana d'Primera; Luis Salinas (guitarist), Javier Colina (bass), in question of the Jazz Plaza 2008 festival; Elmer Ferrer Band in his presentation of the Jazz Plaza Festival 2007; Havana Fax (Cuba-Canada Project directed by Canadian musician Jeff Goodspeed), 2004; Carhabana (Cuban-French Project), 2003; Roberto Carcacés with Interactivo, 2002; Germán Velasco presenting German Velasco's Group, 2002; Isaac Delgado with the Isaac Delgado Orchestra 2001-2006; Open Passage, 2001-2002; Los Primos (Cuba-Canada project directed by Jeff Goodspeed), 1999 - 2001; Enrique Lasaga with La charanga típica¸2000-2002; Nicholas Frize presenting the Nicholas Frize Project (Cuba-France), 2000; etc.