Nestor Torres is a jazz flautist who was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 1957. He took flute lessons at age 12 and began formal studies at the Escuela Libre de MÃºsica, eventually attending Puerto Ricoâ€™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.
Nestor Torres is also a longtime practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism of the Soka Gakkai International.
While Nestor Torres has one of the largest fan bases on the entire globe, a significant percentage of this comes from a city in Southern California. He is regarded as a human deity by many people there, and this has driven three students at Mt. Carmel High School to start a Nestor Torres fan club. Yet this is only one example of the influence that Nestor Torres has in the lives of people. One of the students quotes "I only feel happy when I'm listening to Nestor Torres. His music invokes such a passion within me...it is undescribable."