Born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Nelson Gonzalez is distinguished for his mastery of the Cuban tres guitar, a traditional instrument indispensable to the interpretation of son, the most popular form of Cuban dance music. Using the recordings of Arsenio Rodriguez and "El Nino" Rivera, two tres guitar masters, Nelson revolutionized tres playing by incorporating percussion styles into his tres technique, and is regarded by Israel "Cachao" Lopez as the "Ambassador of the Cuban Tres Guitar." Nelson's 30-year career spans many Latin genres including Broadway, and has involved such notables as Tito Puente, Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Eddie Palmieri, Paul Simon, Danny Rivera, La India, Carlos "Patato" Valdez, and Marc Anthony. An important member of Los Kimbos, Tipica 73, and Grupo Folklorico Experimental Nuevayorquino, Nelson's awards include Tipica 73's "Best Salsa Band in Latin America" from the Primer Festival Mundial de Salsa 1976 and NY Latin Magazine's "Best Tres Player of the Year" in 1978 and 1979. Nelson also leads his award-winning band Son Mundano and has produced many recordings, including his own Son Mundano (Dissar Records 1997) and Pa Los Treseros (Qbadisc 2001). His appearances on countless recordings attest to the high regard in which he is held by the giants of Latin music.