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, Torres moved to NYC with his family in his teenage years and went on to study at Mannes School of Music and later at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. At that time he was 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.
In 1981, Torres moved to Miami, and since then he has - and continues to - tour all over the world. He has also performed and recorded with the likes of Ricky Martin, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, and many more.
Nominated for several Latin Grammy Awards, Torres won it in 2001 for his CD This Side of Paradise, a bittersweet victory given the fact that the Awards’ ceremony was scheduled for 9/11/2001. His CD “Dances, Prayers & Meditations for Peace” signaled a new departure, as a reflection of his experience on 9/11.
Torres’s most recent Grammy®-nominated CD, Nouveau Latino, heralds the flautist’s exuberant return to his Salsa and Latin Jazz roots. 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.