Hailed as a strong violinist by The New York Times, Honduran-born Jorge Ávila has won attention as an outstanding violinist through numerous appearances as a soloist, recitalist, concertmaster, and chamber musician. A recipient of various awards and honors, Jorge received his “green card” under the “Extraordinary talent” category, later becoming a US Citizen. He was also awarded first prize at the 2001 Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Competition and the “Omar del Carlo” Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center. Jorge is the concertmaster of the Ridgefield Symphony and DCINY. He has also appeared as concertmaster with The Stamford, Westfield and Greenwich Symphony orchestras, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Long Island Masterworks, Grace Church Orchestra, and Tanglewood Music Center, among many other orchestras. His concerto highlights include recent performances of the Mendelssohn, Brahms and Beethoven concertos, as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with David Finckel and Wu Han. He has often performed live on both television and radio, and in 2008 appeared as Concertmaster for His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, at a televised Mass held at Yankee Stadium. Jorge has recorded for Naxos, Nonesuch Records, and other labels. His solo debut CD of Spanish violin and piano Sonatas was released in 2012 on the Centaur Label. In September of 2015, Jorge was chosen to be the concertmaster for Pope Francis’ historic Mass at Madison Square Garden.