Raúl finished his undergraduate studies at Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music in percussion performance and music education. As a percussionist Raúl has played in and out of Puerto Rico with with important musicians like Dave Valentin, Dave Samuels, Giovanni Hidalgo, Paoli Mejías, Jerry Gonzalez, Piro Rodriguez, Alex Acuña, Mario Rivera, Pedro Guzmán, Sheila E., Pete Escovedo and Papo Vazquez. As a classical percussionist Raúl has also played with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de las Americas and the Puerto Rico state Band.
Raúl has had the privilege of performing under the direction of prestigious directors and producers in Puerto Rico like Lito Peña, Cucco Peña, Mandy Vizoso, Pedro Rivera Toledo and Roselyn Pabón and in shows. In addition he has done shows and recordings for artists José Feliciano, Ednita Nazario, Lucecita Benitez, Lizzette Alvarez, Nydia Caro, Sophy, Luis Fonsi, Carlos Ponce, Jose Luis Rodriguez (El Puma), Olga Tañon, Chucho Avellanet, Danny Rivera, Domingo Quiñones, Melina León, Rocío Jurado, Isabel Pantoja, Rita Moreno, Fernando Allende, Celia Cruz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Willie Rosario, Victor Manuelle, Tony Vega, Andy Montañez, among others.
In 2003 Raúl had the opportunity to tour with the production “Viva Puente”, dedicated to the late Tito Puente.