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La Familia Torres
Mariachi Torres was founded in 2015 by husband and wife, Mario and Karina Torres. That same year, Music Director, Grammy Award Winning Producer, Arranger and Composer Alberto Jimenez Maeda, also known as “Beto”, named the group. The mariachi has performed for many events, large and small, including festivals in the United States and Mexico. In 2015, Mariachi Torres had the opportunity to accompany Angel Ochoa, one of the best Mexican Folk Music Singers.
The now married couple started their music education in the Sweetwater High School District Mariachi Program back in 2001. In 2010 they joined Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista and worked under the direction of Mark Fogelquist for five years.
The couple believes that music is an important factor in child development. During the summer of 2019, they started a youth mariachi program with their children, both of whom began studying music at a young age. The family offers music support that consists of vocal instruction, music theory and group rehearsals. The Torres family donates their time and brings professional instructors to help a group of children who have been impacted by budget cuts in our local school district. It is their way to give back to the community and to continue to preserve this musical folk art alive.
Mariachi Torres is composed of a single family plus three musician friends, Carlos Hidalgo, Benjamin "Benji" Mora and Eduardo Ruiz. They have been able to stun their audiences with their professional-level skill despite the very young ages of both children. The group is led by Mario Torres with the support of Two-Time Grammy Award Winning Producer, Arranger and Composer, Alberto "Beto" Jimenez Maeda.
Thank you for considering Mariachi Torres to be part of your event. Hiring our mariachi not only helps our family preserve the art, but, it allows us to offer music lessons to other young musicians, at no charge. Check out our Calendar to see upcoming community events for Mariachi Torres and our community group, Mariachi Juvenil Torres.
La Familia Torres
Hours of Operation
Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fri 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun Closed (Family Time)
About Music Director
Alberto "Beto" Jimenez Maeda
Two-time Grammy Award Winning Producer, Arranger and Composer, Alberto Jimenez Maeda, also known as "Beto", has had several prestigious groups under his musical direction and is well respected in the mariachi community. He was born in Mexico City and has served as co-director for Mariachi de America de Jesús Rodriguez de Hijar from 1995-2005. From 2006 to 2014, Beto worked with Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea.
Maestro Alberto Jimenez Maeda has had the honor of accompanying internationally-acclaimed artists, such as Lola Beltran, Amalia Mendoza, Lucha Villa, Miguel Aceves Mejia, Rocio Durcal, Aida Cuevas, Vicente Fernandez, Alejandro Fernandez, Luis Miguel, Beatriz Adriana, among others.
Beto Jimenez transcribes and writes music arrangements for Mariachi Torres. The family hires the famous arranger for any support that will benefit the group.
The family recently purchased a beautiful arrangement for Siempre Hace Frio, an arrangement that he specifically made for their daughter, Malanie Torres. The song "Siempre Hace Frio" (It's Always Cold) is a ranchera song written by Mexican singer-songwriter Cuco Sanchez in 1956.
Eduardo Ruiz Tostado
Co-Music Director of Mariachi Torres and Music Director of our Youth Community Mariachi Program. Eduardo joined Mariachi Torres May of 2021.
Eduardo Ruiz has been a San Diego Opera Teaching Artist since 2016. His musical training began informally at the age of 5 when his grandfather first introduced him to guitar, he then went on to study trumpet formally and has been performing in both private and public events throughout San Diego for over 12 years. Eduardo was a Mariachi Ambassador for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, has traveled throughout the United States and Mexico as a music instructor and performer, and recently traveled to Japan and Finland to share the joys and culture of mariachi music. Eduardo cares deeply about keeping the musical and ethnic traditions of mariachi music alive through education and performance, all while providing students of all ages the opportunity to immerse themselves in beautiful music.
- San Diego Opera Education Department Highlight