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Nestor Torres

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Torres was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 1957. He took flute lessons at age 12 and began formal studies at the Escuela Libre de Música, eventually attending Puerto Rico’s Inter-American University. At 18, he moved to New York with his family. Torres went on to study both jazz and classical music at the Mannes College of Music in New York and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, among other places.

He moved to Miami in 1981, and signed with PolyGram, where he released Morning Ride in 1989. His major label debut climbed quickly to the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts and soon brought him widespread acclaim. Tragedy struck a year later when an accident in a celebrity boat race left him with eighteen fractured ribs, two broken clavicles and a collapsed lung. His record company dropped him, he and his wife divorced, and his home was nearly repossessed.
Torres is also a longtime practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism of the Soka Gakkai International. In 2007, Torres played at the World Music Concert during One World Week 2007, in front of a full house, at the University of Warwick.Torres is a Latin Grammy winner. Torres’ style combines the melody and fiery rhythms that echo Cuban dance music, Puerto Rican bomba and plena, the Brazilian samba, merengue from the Dominican Republic, Colombia cumbia and the rhythms of Panama. He has paid homage to the stars of salsa, from Celia Cruz and Willie Colon to Ruben Blades and The Fania All Stars.

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  • rikdanus50

    "Velvet Nights", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Rhythm is Gone Get You" all real nice!! And others...

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • rikdanus50

    "Europa" is one of my favorite, but I have many. An Excellent and Smooth Flutist!!!

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Flute20

    i love nestor..... XD ♥

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • brenGT2

    I just found out about Nestor Torres and I must say that his playing style on the flute is so innovative and interesting to listen to! I haven't listened to all of his music yet, but so far, my favorite song is definitely Till Forever.

    13 May 2009 Reply
  • LatinChillFox

    Musica divina! He is such a great maestro with the flute! Great performer...I had the pleasure of seeing him & his father Don Nestor play together in concert today! What a wonderful performance, & his new cd "Nouveau Latino" is absolutely great. He incorporates into his repertoire"Latin musica de antan~o" made famous by the original latin musicians of yesteryear!

    23 Feb 2009 Reply

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