Abdiel was born and raised in Valencia, Venezuela where he attended the Sebastian Echeverria Lozano Conservatoire and was trained in Classical Piano, Musical Theory and Composing. After graduating from the University of Carabobo with a Music Education Degree, he was brought on as a Classical Piano faculty and accompanist. He continued his study of classical piano with Nelly Badillo, Aura Marina Rios, and worked on Piano Performance with Maestro Abraham Abreu at Simon Bolivar University in Caracas. He was pianist for the National Symphonic Choir as well as accompanist for many other choral groups, vocal studios, and solo artists around the world, including engagements with the Symphony Orchestra of Carabobo, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado Guarico, Orquesta Sinfonica del los Llanos (Venezuela), the Minsk (Belarus) Radio and Television Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra of Mogilev (Belarus).
Abdiel’s versatility in playing different genres from classical to pop and jazz allowed him to play in diverse musical projects such as the University of Carabobo Jazz Band, BeJazz Big Band, University Arturo Michelena Jazz Ensemble, EMSEL Jazz and ROAD Jazz. In 2012, he received a scholarship to study jazz at the Music Conservatoire Souza Lima, Berklee College of Music in Brazil. In 2014, he became the rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for The South of Broadway Theatre Company in NYC. This led to his first commissioned composition, a new musical score for The Nance which premiered post-Broadway with Charleston’s South of Broadway Theatre Company (SOBTC). Abdiel has remained in Charleston working for SOBTC as their Music Director, Educator and Pianist.
Abdiel has arranged for a variety of shows for artists throughout the Low Country: a Chamber Music adaptation of Puccini’s Opera Madama Butterfly, Matt Shingledecker and Friends a show gathering top Broadway singers at the Sottile Theatre, and the world premiere of the musical Love and Southern Discomfort at the Charleston Music Hall. Musical Director credits with the SOBTC Musical Theatre youth program include: Mary Poppins Jr., Alice in wonderland Jr., School of Rock Jr., Peter Pan Jr., The Lion King Jr., The Music Man Jr. Shrek Jr. among others. Abdiel was guest artist on TEDx with Gino Castillo, Charlotte Jazz Festival, Savannah Music Festival, Carnegie Hall Music Education Program, Earl Klug’s Weekend of Jazz, The Jazz Corner, Charleston Variety Show, The Charleston Christmas Special, Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charleston Musical Hall Christmas Show, and Mi Alma Latina with the Grammy Award-Winner flutist Nestor Torres along with the CJO. He is a regularly featured pianist at Forte, a jazz club in downtown Charleston and plays keyboards for Brad and Jennifer Moranz’s Musical Revues. He just released a Piano and Voice Duet Album, So This Is Love, with Broadway stars, Catlin Finnie and Matt Shingledecker. Abdiel also serves as one of the pianists and music producers for North Palm Church, arranging their Christmas and Easter Music specials. His unique blend of talent and creative vision helped to bring Daniel and the Kings to life!