Deborah De La Torre has been composing prolifically since childhood, winning awards and recognition such as the Florida Bicentennial Award for her "Concerto for Two Pianos" composed at age twelve. During her years in college at the University of Miami, Florida where she studied with composer Dennis Kam, she won the Thelma Van Steenberg award of $2,000 for her technically advanced piano piece "Three Movements for Solo Piano." Her orchestral piece "Rhumba Joven" was premiered by the South Florida Youth Symphony in 1991. Also during her college years, Deborah founded the student chapter of the national organization Society of Composers, Inc. ("SCI") at her alma mater, of which she is currently a member. Deborah composed Almendra Duo Piano Concerto in 2015, a lengthy work of four movements (total performance length 45 minutes); as well as numerous short pieces, which are available through her publishing company DLT Press.
Over the past several years, Deborah has more formally transitioned into a full-time composer and performer, following her long-time true love of performing Cuban, Spanish, and Latin American music. In 2018, Deborah composed, arranged, performed and produced her first album consisting of her 11 original Latin Jazz compositions and adopted the stage name of "La Cocodrila" which means "the lady crocodile" in Spanish due to her formidable piano skills and her music's complicated melodic and rhythmic structures. According to her professional music colleagues, Deborah's music is considered by many to be very difficult to perform. With her on the album are highly accomplished music professors, such as orchestral conductor Thomas A. Blomster, master percussionist, who has worked with historic giants such as Aaron Copland, Elliot Carter, and Krystof Penderecki; conducted numerous orchestras, and also writes and plays with jazz and avant garde opera groups; as well as the renown Ron Bland on bass, who has performed with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Doc Severinson, Earth Wind and Fire, Linda Ronstadt, Pavarotti, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby McFerrin, and numerous symphony orchestras. Also performing on the album are Dr. Patricia Surman (flute), Dave DeMichelis (electric guitar), former New York Philharmonic member Rodney Farrar (cello), and Randy Runyan (trumpet). Special thanks to recording engineer Tyler Reed Hayden and mastering by Justin Davis at Rocky Mountain Recorders, which hosted the album's release party on October 5, 2018.
Deborah's new album is now available for purchase via disc through CDBaby.com, digital download (CDBaby.com, iTunes and Apple Music, Amazon, Google) and streaming platforms such as Spotify, SoundCloud and more.
Following her album's release on October 5, 2018, music from her new album continues to be played around the world. Visit her recording artist website and join her mailing list for more news about Deborah's upcoming performances, media interviews and more.