Dr. Raymond Torres-Santos is a composer, conductor and pianist. His works include orchestral, electronic and vocal music for the concert hall, film, theater, ballet, television and radio.
His music has been performed and/or commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, National Chinese Orchestra, Warsaw Conservatory of Music Chorus and Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Reading Orchestra, Queens Symphony, North Massachusetts Philharmonic, Soria Symphony (Spain), Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Symphony Orchestra (Europe), the Canadian, Washington and Los Angeles Opera Orchestras; the (National) symphony orchestras of London, Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Shanghai, Taipei, Virginia, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic; the Youth Symphony of the Americas, American Youth Symphony, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Continuum, New Jersey Chamber Music Society, West Point Woodwind Quintet, Newark Boys Choir, North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club, North/South Consonance, Quintet of the Americas, Gabrieli Quintet and Voix-Touche; as well as many other independent groups in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Argentina. Featured at the Casals Festival, World Fair-Seville, Venice Biennale and Op Sail 2000, his music has been used for television and radio programs as well as choreographed by dance companies.
His compositions and arrangements have been recorded for Sony Music, OSPR and SJP record labels; published by ANCO and RTS Music; and distributed by commercial retailers. He is the recipient of awards given by BMI, Meet the Composer, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, ASCAP, California State University and City University of New York. His music for film earned him a Henry Mancini Award, while his jazz composition earned him the Frank Sinatra Award, both given in Los Angeles.
As an arranger, he has worked with classical and pop performers, such as: Plácido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Deborah Voigt, Angela Gheorghiu, Ana María Martínez, Anita Rachvilishvili, Rafael Dávila and Juan Luis Guerra. He has also served as an orchestrator for film composers in Hollywood, such as: Ralph Burns and Ry Cooder. As a jazz pianist, he worked with Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, Buddy Collette, Bobby Shew, and Tito Puente; and as a studio musician, he has been featured in soundtracks for movies.
As a conductor, he has led the London Session Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic, Cosmopolitan Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, Dominican Republic National Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Bronx Arts Ensemble Orchestra, and Hollywood studio orchestras in concerts and recordings. In addition, he has served as music director for pop and jazz singers Vikki Carr and Dianne Schuur, respectively.
His scholarly work focuses on music education, creativity, multiculturalism, music criticism and inter- disciplinary studies. His recent articles appear in peer-reviewed journals from City University of New York and Hofstra University as well as in a book published by the Cambridge Scholar Publishing.
He is the former Chancellor of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and studied at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and the University of Puerto Rico. He holds a PhD and MA in composition from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed advanced studies at Stanford and Harvard University. He furthered his studies in Europe, at the Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik in Germany, and at the University of Padua, Italy. His major professors were Henri Lazarof and David Raksin. He has taught at the City University of New York, University of Puerto Rico, UCLA and the State University of New Jersey: Rutgers. He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.