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Ernesto Tovar Torres


Ernesto Tovar Torres


Ernesto Tovar Torres joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Second Horn in the 2015-2016 season during his second year Master of Music at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

Born in Mexico, Ernesto established himself as an orchestral and chamber musician from an early age. Since then, he has performed in world-class concert halls including the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas, the Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio and the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. His music engagements have taken him to Canada, Japan and multiple concert venues in the United States.

Ernesto has performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony, and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. In addition, he served as Principal Horn in the 2014 Japan Band Clinic with the Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble International Tour.

Major music festival engagements include the Eastern Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, the Banff Masterclass for Strings and Winds, and Spoleto USA. He was also a Finalist in the 2013 International Horn Competition of America where he performed the Gliere Horn Concerto.

Ernesto received his Bachelor's Degree in Horn Performance from Oklahoma State University where he graduated with Honors in May 2014. Having had the privilege of studying with Lanette Lopez-Compton at OSU, he then attended The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas for his Master of Music, where he studied under International Horn Soloist and Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony, William VerMeulen.

Outside of music, Ernesto enjoys playing racquetball, disc golf, and walking his Siberian husky, Cleopatra.