It was my life’s dream as a classical musician, now I’m ready for another stage in my life.
Alejandra Torres was the first female Latin American violinist to become a member of the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic, an orchestra famous for the unique beauty of its sound, setting it apart from all other such ensembles. Few women have been accepted as members. According to Alejandra, the journey was a long but enriching one: “It was my life’s dream as a classical musician, now I’m ready for another stage in my life“.
Alejandra began studying the violin at the age of four years old in Manizales, the city where she was born, under the tutelage of Aida Casasbuenas. As a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Caldas she met Eduardo Berrio who was to become her next teacher. Subsequently, Alejandra moved to Bogota to continue her studies at the National University of Colombia.
Alejandra has gained numerous distinctions in the world of classical music. At the age of 13 she was a soloist with the Colombian Symphonic Orchestra. She has been a prize-winner in many competitions, both national and international, including the International Violin Contest held by the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango in 1996, gaining second place and receiving an honorable mention for being the youngest participant at just 16 years old. In 1997 in the national competition “Colombia suena bien” organized by SONY MUSIC, she won the first prize in the “Best Classical Soloist“category, together with her brother, the classical guitarist Oscar D´Alberto Torres Gallego.
This award gave Alejandra the opportunity to continue her studies at the "Tiroler Landeskonservatorium" in Innsbruck, Austria, with Eduard Eichwalder. Two years later Alejandra moved to Vienna to continue to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Gerald Schubert, head of the second violin section of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and a direct descendant of the composer Franz Schubert. Alejandra graduated with honours in 2008 and has now lived in Austria for over 19 years.
As a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for 10 years, Alejandra played in many major concert halls and opera houses in Europe: Vienna State Opera, Vienna Concert House, Musikverein Vienna, Munich Philharmonic (Germany), Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Netherlands), La Scala Opera Milan (Italy), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (France), Old Opera House Frankfurt (Germany), Oper House Baden-Baden (Germany), Stadtcasino Basel (Switzerland), Palais des Beaux Arts (Belgium), Am Gasteig (Germany), Cologne Philarmonie (Germany), Odeon Of Herodes Atticus (Greece), Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli (Italy), Bruckner House Linz (Austria), St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, etc.
Alejandra has always been very interested in different types of music. Together with Juan Carlos Paniagua, pianist and composer, she recorded the “Fusion” album “Tres Caminos” - a combination of classical music, Colombian music, jazz, and world music. Its producer was Georg O. Luksch, a Grammy Award Winner.
The famous Panamanian musician Ruben Blades was very complimentary about this group in his program “El Show de Ruben Blades“, dedicated to presenting new artists.
Alejandra has had the opportunity to get to know and share the stage with artists and Grammy Award winners such as Roberto Quintero (Venezuela), Danilo Perez (Panama), Hector Martignon (Colombia), and Luciana Souza (Brazil). Internationally Alejandra has performed with Stoyan Yankoulov (Bulgaria), Mamadou Diabate (Burkina Faso), Sabri Tulug Tirpan (Turkey), Bertl Mayer (Austria), Davy Honnet (France), Nikola Stanosevic (Serbia), the singers SuCh (Haiti/US), Poli Genova (Bulgaria), Sandra Sandoval (Panama) as well as many others.
Alejandra was part of the production team of the "Normas" Album, nominated for "Best Latin Jazz Album" in the Latin Grammy Awards of 2014 and of the "The Blue Road" album, where she was violinist and Production Manager, which was awarded three gold medals in the 2016 Global Music Award in the US.
She has been a director of the association for Education, Art and Integration, a group dedicated to organizing concerts to unify the different races of the world. She organized three consecutive concerts (in 2014, 2015 and 2016) for the celebration of the International Jazz Day, supported by the Jazz legend Herbie Hancock on the piano. These concerts were performed in the Austrian Alps and were highly successful, even though the region is not typically associated with this kind of music.
In the world of jazz, Alejandra had performed in Vienna Concert House - Mozart Hall, Jazz Fest Vienna (Austria), Audi Forum Ingolstadt (Germany), Jazz Plaza Havana International Festival (Cuba), North City Jazz & Blues Festival (Kosovo), Open Jazz Fest (Slovakia), Int'l Jazz Festival Bansko (Bulgaria), Nisville Jazz Festival (Serbia), Apollonia Arts Festival (Bulgaria), Brunnenhof Munich Residence (Germany), Printemps Musical Festival (Luxembourg), World Theater Moscow (Rusia), Diligentia Theater The Hague (Netherlands), ORF Radio Kulturhaus in Vienna (Austria), Ronacher Vienna (Austria), Blue Note Jazz Club Poznan (Polen), Panama Jazz Festival (Panama), etc.
In 2017 Alejandra is rededicating herself to her project: "Alejandra Torres" – a time of discovery, growth, creativity. As a solo musician, with her great talent as a violinist, singer and manager, now is the time for her to explore new musical horizons, combining classical music, Jazz, Latin Jazz with her Colombian and Latin American roots.
On the 18th September 2017 Alejandra released her new album “Renacer” under her own label “Alejandra Torres Music”, in collaboration with her co-producer, the percussionist Roberto Quintero (Venezuela) - winner of 22 Grammys, the pianist, composer, arranger and producer Günther Brück (Germany) – assistant director of the Jazz Department at the University of Music in Graz, Austria, the renowned acoustic bassist Peter Herbert (Austria), and the sound engineer Georg O. Luksch (Austria), who added the final touches to the production.
In September 2017 Alejandra was invited to perform as principal violinist with the Chamber Orchestra of Zagreb (Croatia) at the 9th Festival Maxima, organized by the violinist and Artistic Director Mladen Dervenkar.
On the 9th November 2017 Alejandra celebrated the release of her new album "Renacer" with a live concert at Feistritz Castle in Styria, Austria.
Alejandra had the honor of being an International Volunteer at the renowned Panama Jazz Festival, which took placed on the15th- 20th January 2018. The Festival was directed by the well-known Panamanian pianist, Danilo Perez and his wife, and executive producer of the Festival, Patricia Perez. Alejandra was one of the teachers in the “Classic Music Exchange” program. She was also a violinist in the Global Big Band, directed by Bill Dobbins, at the Festival’s Gala Concert on the 17th January in the Teatro Anayansi-Atlapa. She appeared with Danilo Perez, 2008 Grammy-winner Luciana Souza, other recognized Panamanian artists Samy and Sandra Sandoval, and Jazz legends Wayne Shorter, the bass-guitarist John Patitucci and the percussionist Brian Blade.
In 2018 Alejandra Torres was chosen to be one of Yamaha ́s artist Colombia and Thomastik Infeld Vienna artist.
Together with the Venezuelan percussionist and Grammy winner Roberto Quintero, Alejandra Torres is working on her new Album “ Las Cuatro Estaciones” featuring the music of Antonio Vivaldi.
They will combine this majestic piece for violin and orchestra with African and Latin American rhythms as well as the magic of Roberto's multiple percussion sound.
The Album will be released at the beginning of 2019. This Album is a celebration of 20 years of Alejandra ́s musical career in Europe.