If a flute could talk and sing, it would certainly be in the voice of Nestor Torres, for he speaks through his instrument. Equally fluent in Jazz, Classical and Latin idioms, his fluid versatility sets him apart.
Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Mr. Torres studied at Mannes School of Music in New York and later at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. At that time he also learned to improvise in a style of Cuban Dance music called ‘Charanga’, which helped to shape and develop Nestor’s melodic and danceable sound.
Nestor Torres has 14 CDs to his credit; nominated for several Latin Grammy Awards, Torres won one in 2001 for his CD ‘This Side of Paradise’.
He has performed and recorded with the likes of Ricky Martin, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, and Dave Mathews, as well as a soloist with the Cleveland, Singapore, and New World Symphony Orchestras, among many others.
In addition to his achievements in the studio and on the stage, Torres has received numerous awards and commendations, including two honorary doctorates for his commitment to youth, education, and cultural exchanges. While fulfilling his role as Visiting Artist at Florida International University, he founded the first University level Cuban Music class in Miami, FIU’s Danzon-Charanga Ensemble. His most recent accomplishment: the establishment of the Nestor Torres Foundation, whose mission is to Inspire and Empower Positive Cultural and Social Change Through Music, Dialogue and Education.