Gerald Torres has been a member of the Double Bass section in the Grand Rapids Symphony since the start of the 2015/16 season. Prior to his joining the Grand Rapids Symphony, Gerald played with some of North America’s premier orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Through these performances, Gerald has had the pleasure of performing in many countries around the world including Japan, China, Korea, and Australia.
Gerald is also a member of the Oblivion Project, a chamber group devoted to the performing and educating audiences about the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla. This group has taken him to numerous venues and schools surrounding the Great Lakes giving performances and masterclasses.
In 2008, Gerald received his Bachelors Degree in Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Tom Sperl of the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2009, Gerald attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with both Max Dimoff, Principal Double bass of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Jeff Braditch. He also studied with Micah Howard, Section Bass with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Other influences in Gerald’s playing include Charles Carleton, Jeff Turner, Aaron White, and Curtis Burris.
As a dedicated educator, Gerald teaches at the Grand Rapids Community College along with teaching a full studio out of his home. In his spare time, he is working towards becoming a luthier. Currently, Gerald lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, violinist Rachele Torres.