In 2008 world renowned jazz flautist Nestor Torres visited Huntsville, AL, to give a concert at the Von Braun Center. While in Huntsville, Mr. Torres was asked by the Alabama Hispanic Association (AHA) to speak to students at one of the local elementary schools.
Nestor Torres was born in Mayaquez, 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 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.