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Néstor Torres[1] is a jazz flautist born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in 1957.[2] 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.

Néstor Torres
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Nestor Torres performing for the Dalai Lama at Temple Emanu-El (Miami Beach, Florida) in 2010
Background information
Born1957 (age 61–62)
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
GenresJazz, classical
Nestor Torres playing at the World Music Concert 2007

Torres is also a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism and a longtime member of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International.[3]

In 2007, Torres played at the World Music Concert during One World Week 2007 at the University of Warwick.

In 2010, Torres joined the faculty of Florida International University as a visiting guest artist and founding director of its School of Music's first charanga ensemble.[4]

On March 21, 2009, he played in Herbst Theatre in San Francisco in performance "Tango Meets Jazz" with Pablo Ziegler.

On September 9, 2009, he played at the Greek Theatre (Los Angeles) with the Dave Matthews Band. He guested on the song "Lying In The Hands Of God." He performed at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games opening ceremony.


  • No Me Provoques - Released: 1981
  • Afro - Charanga Vol. 2 - Released: 1983
  • Morning Ride - Released: 1989
  • Dance of the Phoenix - Released: 1990
  • Burning Whispers - Released: 1994
  • Talk to Me - Released: 1996
  • Treasures of the Heart - Released: 1999
  • This Side of Paradise - Released: 2001
  • Mis Canciones Primeras - Released: 2001
  • Mi Alma Latina - Released: 2002
  • The Sutra of The Lotus of The Wonderful Law - Released: 2004
  • Sin Palabras - Released: 2004
  • Dances, Prayers & Meditations For Peace - Released: 2006
  • The Very Best Of Nestor Torres (2007)
  • Nestor Torres - Nouveau Latino (2008)


  1. ^ Ruth Fernández muere víctima de un “shock” séptico y neumonía. Patricia Vargas. El Nuevo Dia. Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Published 9 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  2. ^ Nancy Ann Lee (July–August 1999). "Nestor Torres". JazzTimes.
  3. ^ Interview Nestor Torres Archived 2005-02-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Grammy Award winner Nestor Torres joins FIU faculty, FIU News, October 18, 2010

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