Héctor Alfonso Torres was born in Puerto Rico where he started his guitar studies at the Preparatory School of the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory. In 2007, he started his Bachelor studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, where he studied until 2012 with the distinguished Puerto Rican guitarist Juan Sorroche. From 2012 to 2015 he worked on his Master's degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under world renowned guitarist René Izquierdo. Currently he is a DMA candidate at the University of North Texas where he studies with guitarist Tom Johnson, serves as Teaching Fellow of classical guitar and runs his own private studio comprised of students of all ages.
He has concertized around Puerto Rico, China, Spain and the U.S., and has been invited to perform in festivals like the 3rd Latin American Guitar Festival in Chicago and 12th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco. He has also served as judge for the 12th Annual Solo Strings Festival and the 2nd Annual International Guitar Festival hosted by the Latino Arts Strings Program in Milwaukee. Apart from being an active performer, he has received top prizes at international guitar competitions, including the 4th Annual Baldwin Wallace International Guitar Festival and Competition, the 2nd Annual Mountain View Guitar Festival, the 16th Annual International Tennessee Guitar Festival, the 2016 Mississippi Guitar Festival, the 2018 New Orleans International Guitar Festival and the 4th Annual Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition.
Also an active chamber musician, he has toured China with his guitar trio, Trio Resonance, where they have played in cities like Beijing, Jinan, Suzhou, Dalian, among others. He is also a member of the guitar duo, Duo Ruiz-Torres, which dedicate themselves to play music from Puerto Rico and other parts of Latin America. Apart from playing classical guitar, he also is an active early music performer where he regularly plays instruments like the baroque guitar, theorbo and lute. He has studied basso continuo with harpsichordist Brad Bennight and plucked instruments with Daniel Swenberg from the Julliard School. Since 2016, he has been working with the director and early music specialist Paul Leenhouts as a member of the University of North Texas’ Baroque Orchestra, where he has been a featured soloist playing works like Antonio Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D major RV 93.
From 2013 to 2015 he served as Artist in Residence of the St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he regularly organized and played concerts. He has also played in master classes for some of the world's leading guitarists, including Manuel Barrueco, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, Pepe Romero, Jorge Caballero, Eliot Fisk, Martha Masters, Judicaël Perroy, Stanley Yates, Mark Eden, Chris Stell, Thomas Kirchhoff, Dale Kavanagh, Jeffrey McFadden, Jose Antonio Escobar, Valerie Hartzell, Francisco Bernier, Steve Lin, among many others.
While attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he organized events and concerts bringing world renowned artists to the classical guitar department through the Classical Guitar Organization at UWM. Currently he continues to organize concerts in the University of North Texas as president of the Guitar Collegium.