Jorge Espinoza is Assistant Professor of Violoncello at New Mexico State University and cellist of La Catrina String Quartet. Mr. Espinoza taught the Peabody Conservatory of Music undergraduate and graduate cello studio as an assistant teacher of Stephen Kates. He holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Violoncello and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Chamber Music from Peabody Conservatory of Music. He graduated with honors from Universidad Católica de Chile and received his Master’s Degree in Music Performance on full scholarship from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Mr. Espinoza has presented masterclasses and workshops in the United States and abroad, including at Portuguesa-Acarigua, Venezuela, part of El Sistema. His orchestral experience has included performances at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony and orchestras and chamber ensembles in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Hall. He has been a featured soloist and chamber musician, performing concertos, solo and chamber music throughout South America, the United States, Europe and Mexico. Mr. Espinoza is a prize winner of international and national competitions and awards. An avid chamber musician, his interest in researching, performing and arranging folk music from Latin-America for string quartet and chamber ensembles has brought him to different cities in South America including Buenos Aires to pursue studies with great tango masters including Maestros Berlingieri, Marceli, Requena and Plaza.