Flautist Nestor Torres speaks through his instrument. Equally adept in jazz, classical, and Latin idioms, Torres’ command of the flute allows him a freedom of expression that is liberating, powerful, and genuine.
Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Torres studied at the Mannes School of Music in New York City and at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He moved to Miami in 1981, where he developed his career as a soloist by performing and recording with artists such as Ricky Martin, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, and Gloria Estefan.
His recordings Treasures of the Heart and My Latin Soul were nominated for a Latin Grammy, and his production This Side of Paradise won the Latin Grammy award in the pop instrumental category on September 11, 2001. Torres says: “Receiving the Latin Grammy on 9/11 gave my music a stronger sense of mission and purpose. Terrorism and violence come from ignorance, anger, and hopelessness. Music inspires and empowers; it soothes the human heart and enlightens the spirit. I have made it my prime point to create music and live my life in a way that does just that.”
From that experience he produced Dances, Prayers & Meditations for Peace in 2005, featuring a piece for the Dalai Lama, The Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law.
Torres has received two honorary doctorate degrees, from Barry University and Carlos Albizu University, for his commitment to youth education and cultural exchanges. His latest recording, Nouveau Latino, was nominated for a Grammy in the Latin jazz category.