Jorge Ávila
Co-Concertmaster

Hailed as “a strong violinist” by the New York Times, violinist Jorge Ávila has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, concertmaster and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, and Central and South America, including as a soloist and co-concertmaster with the Bay Atlantic Symphony.

He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 2012 with the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Orchestra and performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra the previous year.

In the New York City area, he has also appeared as a soloist with the Colonial Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony, City Island Chamber Orchestra, and The Bronx Arts Ensemble.

As a concertmaster, he has appeared, in addition to the Bay Atlantic Symphony, with the Stamford Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, Colonial Symphony Orchestra, Westfield Symphony, Oratorio Society, Musica Sacra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, St. Grace Church Orchestra, Gotham Opera, National Chorale, Verismo Opera, José Limón Dance Company,  Sonos Chamber Orchestra, Bachanalia, the New Amsterdam Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Mannes College of Music Orchestra . He is also concertmaster of the Ridgefield Symphony in Connecticut, Long Island Masterworks, Distinguished Concerts International New York, and the Patrick’s Cathedral Orchestra, among other groups in New York City. During the visit to New York of Pope Benedict XVI to New York in 2008, Ávila had the honor of appearing as concertmaster for His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI at a televised Mass held at Yankee Stadium.

Ávila is a founding member of the Chalfonte Quartet and, as a chamber musician, performs with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Simon String Quartet, Abaca String Band, Willow Ensemble, Prism Ensemble, Musicians’ Accord, and the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble.

He made his solo Weill Recital Hall debut at Carnegie Hall in 2009, in a recital featuring music from his CD of Spanish sonatas for violin and piano on the Centaur label.

Ávila has also performed in several Broadway productions, including the onstage violinist in The Music Man, and in the orchestras of The Scarlet PimpernelAidaAnnie Get Your GunThe Producers, and, most recently, South PacificWest Side Story, and Wicked.

He has recorded for the Naxos, Nonesuch, and Centaur labels, among others, and has performed live on television and radio.

Born in Honduras, Ávila has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors and received his resident status in the United States under the “Extraordinary Talent” category. He was also awarded first prize in the 2001 Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Competition.