Mario Alejandro Torres - BSO Guest Conductor
Mario Alejandro Torres, a native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, is a conductor, teacher, performer, and promoter of artistic community growth based in Seattle, WA. Mr. Torres is bringing a new and exciting sound to the Poulsbo Community Orchestra, where he has been recently appointed music and artistic director. On February of 2017 he did a conducting fellowship with the Seattle Symphony, assisting Maestro Ludovic Morlot in an exciting concert where Hilary Hahn performed the impassioned Bruch’s first violin concerto. At University of Washington, his energy and passion to work with young musicians have set UW Campus Philharmonia Orchestras to higher artistic performances.
Mr. Torres has appeared internationally as a guest conductor and clinician for music programs of social inclusion for troubled teen-agers such as: The National Music School of Suriname in South America, and the Académie Musicale Occide Jeanty in Croix des Bouquets in Haiti. He also gave performances with the Eddy Snijders Orchestra in Paramaribo, Suriname, and in his hometown with the professional Chamber Orchestra of San Pedro Sula and the student choir of the School of Music Victoriano Lopez.
He is in his second year of doctoral studies at University of Washington, pursuing a degree in orchestral conducting under the mentorship of David Alexander Rahbee and Ludovic Morlot, Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. Mr. Torres holds a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Ithaca College, and a Bachelor and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSULA). Mr. Torres also holds degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration, and has completed a professional program in community leadership, teaching artistry, and social entrepreneurship, for musicians with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ Global Leaders Program.
As a violist, he has soloed with Orquesta de Camara de San Pedro Sula, NSULA Symphony and Chamber orchestras, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and the Monteux School and Music Festival. Mr. Torres has been a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and he performed with them in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, and England. He has been co-principal violist for Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Shreveport Summer Music Festival. He has also played with Shreveport, Longview, Rapides, Marshall, and Costa Rica Symphony orchestras. As an educator he has taught at Escuela de Música Victoriano Lopez in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Louisiana Academy of Music in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
His wife, Jenny, is an active member of the community supporting and engaging in activities with the Seattle Music Partners Program, and she also is an active volunteer with the Special Events department of the Seattle Symphony.
Photo: Jenny Ramos