Violist Jorge Luis Zapata has participated in orchestras such as New World Symphony, Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, Sinfónica de Manizales, Filarmonica de Medellin and the Sinfónica EAFIT. Thanks to his remarkable interest in chamber music, he founded the Tayrona String Quartet. Known for their interest in Colombian academic music, the quartet performed several world premieres of works by Colombian composers. The Tyrona Quartet performed in several cities in Colombia and Latin America including; Jericó, Pasto, Cartagena, Pereira, Medellin, Cuzco-Peru, Uberladia, Espiríto Santo and Santa Catarina- Brazil.
During his undergraduate studies, Jorge Luis Zapata was also a member and principal violist of the “Academia Filarmónica de Medellin”. This program is dedicated to developing professional
orchestral skills for young musicians in his hometown city of Medellín. Thanks to this involvement, he was invited twice to play with the New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. During his time with the New World Symphony, he performed the
Mendelssohn String Octet with his fellow members of the Tyrona String Quartet and musicians
of the New World Symphony at the New World Center In Miami.
Jorge Luis has participated in various music festivals throughout North and South America,
among them were: MIMU, FEMUSC in Brazil, Summit Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber
music Festival and Arianna Chamber Music Festival. He has had masterclasses with notable violists such as Richard Young, Néstor Manuel Pou, Joanna Mendoza, Sheila Brown, Rictor Noren, Michael Klotz, Karen Ritscher, Susan Dubois, Lawrence Dutton, Blythe Teh Engstroem, Julian Rachlin, and Milena Pajaro van der stadt, and with the Atrium String Quartet, Arianna String Quartet, Carducci String Quartet, Calder String Quartet, Parisi String Quartet.
As a violin/viola teacher he has more than 5 years of experience. He worked for The Rojas
School of Music in Texas and as a teaching fellow for the viola studio at the University of North
Texas while pursuing his master’s degree with the recognized viola professor Susan Dubois. Jorge
Luis Zapata pursued his undergraduate at the EAFIT University under the tutelage of Dr.
Braunwin Sheldrick. Currently, Jorge is finishing his second post-master’s studies at DePaul
University under the tutelage of Ann Marie Brink where he also serves as teaching assistant for
the viola Studio.