A native of Bogotá Colombia, Fidel has lived in New York City since 2007. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from the City College of New York’s jazz performance program in 2009, andearned a Master in Music in Studio Composition in 2016, from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College (SUNY), where he now works as a guest lecturer.
Fidel’s stylistic versatility but distinct pianistic approach has put him in the radar of some of New York’s best jazz, latin jazz, and world-music musicians. Fidel’s recording credits include “Thoughts” by Jimenez, featuring the great Vince Cherico on drums and Ruben Rodríguez on bass. He has performed as bandleader and sideman in world-class venues and festivals such as Iridium, Joe’s Pub, The Knitting Factory, La Casita Festival at Lincoln Center, and the Encuentro de Músicos Colombianos at The Highline Ballroom and at Le Poisson Rouge.
He also serves as Musical Director for Immaculate Conception Catholic Church since 2015. Also Catholic Underground. Algo del trabajo composición documentales...
"Cuellar’s piano, for some reason, called to my mind the technique and genteel approach of pianists Ahmad Jamal, Randy Weston, and Bill Evans. (...) Cuellar tends to arrange his music in ways that optimize the use of musical dynamics for affect and subtlety." Jorge Mateus, Grammy-award winning producer