Active as a performer, teacher, adjudicator and scholar, Dr. Ricardo de la Torre has played in concert venues in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Spain and France. He has appeared as soloist with the Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and also in Bloomington, IN at Indiana University, collaborating with conductors Román Revueltas and Fawzi Haimor, respectively. A finalist and prize winner in several competitions in his home country, he has also held grants and scholarships from different cultural and government institutions. In 2008 he won the second prize at the Eleventh Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America, sponsored by Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center and the Office of Education of the Embassy of Spain. The recordings he made for the Latin American Music Center as the result of this competition were included in the two-CD collection "Piano de Pampa y Jungla," produced by the LAMC.
With experience instructing from the beginning stages to the college level, Ricardo is a dedicated teacher who enjoys working with students of all backgrounds and ages. In demand as an adjudicator in Washington and Idaho, he has been invited to judge such events as the MTNA Northwest Division Competition finals, the Spokane Piano Competition and Pacific Lutheran University’s Concerto Competition.
Born in Mexico City, Ricardo attended the pre-college program at the Escuela Superior de Música in his home town. He later received a Bachelor’s degree with honors from this institution. He continued his studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he received a Master of Music degree and went on to graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he worked as a teaching and accompanying assistant. His main teachers include Ana María Tradatti, Fernando García Torres, Evelyne Brancart and David Korevaar. He has taken part in numerous masterclasses with pianists Jorge Federico Osorio, Peter Donohoe, Leon Fleisher, Jörg Demus, Cristina Ortiz, Jean-Paul Sevilla, Ursula Oppens, Roberto Prosseda, Gustavo Romero and Gregory Allen among others.
Also active in scholarly endeavors, Ricardo has presented lectures and lecture-recitals at local and international conferences and has had articles published by peer-reviewed journals in Mexico, Colombia and the U.S.
Prior to coming to Puget Sound, Ricardo served as accompanist for Ballet and Modern Dance classes at the University of Idaho and maintained a successful private studio in Pullman, WA. He also served on the faculty of East Central University in Ada, OK, teaching a variety of subjects.