Daniel Torres was born in Málaga (Spain) in 1984, and is now based in Bucharest, Romania. He has lived and studied music in different cities aroud the world, like Barcelona, Málaga, Groningen, New York, Amsterdam and Toronto. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in “Saxophone Jazz Performance” by the “Prins Claus Conservatorium” and a Master’s degree in the same field by the “Conservatorium van Amsterdam”.
He has participated in different jazz festivals of the european geography, among others: “Rotterdam International Jazz Festival”, (Rotterdam, Holland), “Meerjazz International Big Band Competition” (Hoofddorp, Holland), “Marbella International Jazz Festival” (Marbella, Spain)”, “Jazz in Church” (Bucharest, Romania), “Portón del Jazz” (Málaga, Spain), or “Montilla International Jazz Festival” (Córdoba, Spain).
He has performed at several venues in Europe and North America. To name a few: Bimhuis (Amsterdam, Holland), Four Seasons Center (Toronto, Canada), Humber College Auditorium (Toronto), JazzBook (Bucharest, Romania), Muziekcentrum (Eindhoven, Holland), Leiden Stadsgehoorzaal (Leiden, Holland), Oosterport Theater (Groningen, Holland), Huize Maas (Groningen), Atelier Il sole in Cantina (Groningen), Smederij (Groningen), Martini Plaza Theater (Groningen), El Plaza Jazz Club (Madrid, Spain), La Guajira (Almería, Spain), Cambalache Jazz Club, (Cádiz, Spain), La Moraga Jazz Club (Málaga, Spain), Hotel Larios Room Mate (Málaga), Bebop Jazz Club (Málaga)…
He has been a member of the BvR Flamenco Big Band, with which in 2014 won the 1rst prize at the 18th Meerjazz International Big Band Competition, which is one of the most relevant european big band contests. During the same year, they also played at the semifinals of the “2014 Dutch Jazz Competition” at the renowned Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and recorded their debut album, called “Jaleo Holandés”.
In October 2016, gets the first prize at the fourth edition of the “Johnny Răducanu International Jazz Festival“, in Brăila, Romania. Competing with others participants from Romania, Spain and U.K. This festival is in memory of the great bass player, pianist and composer Johnny Răducanu, who happened to be the most important and influential jazz figure in Romania.
He has been a saxophone teacher at “EMMAT” (Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain) and a substitute harmony – instrument teacher at “CAMM Maestro Puyana” (Málaga, Spain).
During his carrer, he has had the chance to share stage with several great artists, such as John Clayton, Bob Sands, Benny Golson, Perico Sambeat, David Berkman, Dado Moroni, Alex Sipiagin, Mark Gross, Don Braden, Virxilio Da Silva, Marcelo Saenz, Enrique Oliver, Gianni Gagliardi, Jose Carra, Fernando Brox, Juan Galiardo, Julián Sánchez, Toma Dimitriu, Málaga Big Band, BvR Big Band, PCC Big Band, CvA Concert Big Band, etc…
His musical journey began at the age of eleven, when he enrolled at his hometown’s conservatory (Málaga) and started learning classical saxophone. After a few years, he decided to switch to jazz and improvised music.
He began learning jazz when he was nineteen years old, by getting lessons with the spanish alto saxophone player Ernesto Aurignac. Shortly after that he moved to Barcelona and enrolled at “Taller de Músics”, where he studied for a brief period.
In 2009 he changed his residence to Holland in order to continue his musical training. He moved to Groningen (North-Holland) and enrolled at “Prins Claus Conservatorium”. There he studied saxophone with great saxophone players Michael Moore, Miguel Martínez, Don Braden and Mark Gross. And also got to study with some other great musicians, like Alex Sipiagin, Ralph Peterson, Dena DeRose, Freddie Bryant, Robin Eubanks, David Berkman, Ron Jackson, Steve Altenberg, Joris Teepe, Gene Jackson and Kurt Weiss.
In 2011, as part of his study program in Groningen, he went to New York to study for one semester at “SUNY Purchase College”. There he studied under the tutelage of the great tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander. Some of his other teachers at “Purchase”, were saxophonist Ralph Lalama and drummer Kenny Washington. While being New York, apart from school classes, he also got private lessons with some great NY based musicians, like the saxophonist Seamus Blake.
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in 2013 by the “Prins Claus Conservatorium”, he changed his residence to Amsterdam (Holland), to study at the prestigious “Conservatorium Van Amsterdam” (CvA). He graduated there in 2016, obtaining a master’s degree in Saxophone Jazz Performance. His saxophone teachers at the CvA have been Ferdinand Povel, Jasper Blom, Simon Rigter, Joris Roelofs, Dick Oatts and Ben Van Gelder.
Also, during 2015, as part of his study program at the CvA, he went to Canada to study for one semester at “Humber College”, the major music university in Toronto, having regular lessons with the great tenor player Kirk MacDonald. Other of his mentors there included the outstanding saxophonist Pat LaBarbera.
He is decided to make the most of his potential as a musician, and is starting to work on his first recording as a leader.