ASMAC Executive Board 2nd Vice President
Raymond Torres-Santos is a composer, conductor, arranger, pianist, educator and author, equally at home in both classical and popular music. His works include orchestral, electronic and vocal music for the concert hall, ballet, film, theater, television and radio.
His works have been performed and/or commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, North Massachusetts Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Reading, Queens and Washington-D.C. Opera; and the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Continuum, New Jersey Chamber Music Society, West Point Woodwind Quintet, North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club, North/South Consonance, Quintet of the Americas, Gabrieli Quintet and Voix-Touche in the USA; the symphonies of Vancouver and Toronto as well as the Canadian Opera Orchestra in Canada; the Vienna Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony, Georgia Symphony, Soria Symphony, and Warsaw Conservatory of Music Chorus and Orchestra in Europe; the National Chinese Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, Seoul Symphony, Kaohsiung Philharmonic and Taipei Philharmonic Orchestras in Asia; the Buenos Aires, Chile, Colombia and Mexico City Symphony Orchestras in Latin America; and the Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras in the Caribbean.
Featured at the Casals Festival, World Fair in Seville, Venice Biennale and Op Sail 2000, his music has been choreographed by dance companies; recorded for Sony Music, OSPR and SJP record labels; published by RTS Music and ANCO; and distributed by commercial retailers. He has arranged for Plácido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Deborah Voigt, Angela Gheorghiu, Ana María Martínez, Nino Machaidze, Veronica Villarroel, Virginia Tola, Anita Rachvilishvili, Rafael Dávila and Juan Luis Guerra; and led the London Session Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic, Cosmopolitan Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, Dominican Republic National Symphony, Queens Symphony, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Bronx Arts Ensemble Orchestra, and Hollywood studio orchestras in concerts and recordings.
He is the recipient of awards given by ASCAP, BMI, Meet the Composer, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, California State University and City University of New York as well as the Henry Mancini and Frank Sinatra Awards in Los Angeles. His jazz piano CD, Antillano, was considered for the 2015 Grammys.
He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in composition from UCLA and completed advanced studies at Stanford and Harvard University. He furthered studies in Europe, at the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Germany, and at the University of Padua in Italy. He was the Chancellor of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, and Dean of the College of the Arts at William Paterson University and California State University, Long Beach, where he is currently a professor of composition.