Performer

As a chamber musician, soloist or as a chamber orchestra member, Mr. Gollo has been in uncountable scenarios around the globe as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (Philadelphia, USA), 92Y-Kaufmann Concert Hall (NY, USA), Cadogan Hall (London, UK – BBC Proms Festival), National Gallery of Art (Washington DC, USA), Carnegie Hall (NY, USA), Bolivar Hall (London, UK), Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas, Venezuela), Chamber Music Society of Detroit and Auditorio Blas Galindo, (Mexico City, Mexico).

Teaching Artist

With a highly recognized reputation as a violin and chamber music professor, Simon Gollo has formed students that have been accepted in prestigious conservatories, universities, and orchestras. He has taught in EL SISTEMA Venezuela, Filarmonica Joven de Colombia, Hohenstaufen kammermusik festival in Germany and Southampton Arts Festival (NY, USA). Currently, he is professor of Violin at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in New Mexico, USA. Next season, Mr. Gollo will be teaching at the Summit Music Festival in New York, USA.

Artistic Director

Fourteen years ago, Mr. Gollo created the Nuevo Mundo Festival & Academy, the most important international chamber music festival and summer academy in Venezuela – which recently became the Aruba Symphony Festival in Summer 2017. Due to Gollo’s enormous success as an entrepreneur musician and support to the community he and his festival have been recipients of many honors and awards.

La Catrina Quartet

Simon Gollo is currently a member of the Grammy-winner ensemble La Catrina String Quartet.

Ensemble in residence in New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as “wonderful ambassadors for Latin American music”, LCSQ is recognized as the new vanguard for contemporary Latin American string quartet repertoire.

“Simon Gollo’s intonation never faltered as he climbed higher and higher in the violin’s register” Kelsey Higgins, The Pendulum. Elon, NC


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    “It was in Sion in 2000, during the Summer Academy “Tibor Varga” where I met Simon Gollo for the first time. He was a graduated violinist and I taught him in chamber music with the B major piano trio, op.8 of Johannes Brahms. I was immediately very impressed by his sensible musicality, the technical mastery of his instrument and above all by the concentration of his work and the willingness to learn. The progress he was able to achieve in a short time was remarkable. In the next years I could hear him regularly in solo and chamber music, each time with a tremendous positive impression: Simon Gollo became an outstanding violinist of his generation. In 2006 I met him again, after some years of interruption. He had return to Venezuela where he became director of a well known music event, the “Nuevo Mundo Festival” in Maracaibo, considered to produce the best chamber music concerts in this highly musical country. I have had the pleasure of performing in this festival already four times. The marvellous human and musical atmosphere at this festival is undoubtedly due to the personality of Simon Gollo, who has the gift of organizing, playing and being a very courteous ambassador of remarkable artists from Europe, North and South America. Marcio Carneiro. Sion, Switzerland, 2012.

    “I was living in Venezuela by then and the Director of a Chamber Music Society asked me if I would play a recital with the comer everybody wanted to hear. After the 1st rehearsal the anxious Director called me asking “How does he play? How was it?” My spontaneous answer was “a dream…”. I could still say the same, after many concerts shared with Simon on varied Chamber Repertoire: Sonatas, Trios, Quartets, Quintets, even double concertos (Mendelssohn, Chausson). I have always observed, and admired, the same qualities: beautiful sound and phrasing, sense of style, impeccable technique, and, above all, an inspiring performer instinct and joy to make music.

    Simon is not only a remarkable violinist and musician, he is also eager to share his knowledge with students. He is actually an incredible mentor, able to get great results in an astonishing short time. I heard a concert of Simon leading a youth string orchestra through a long, varied and difficult program. It brought to my mind memories of live concerts of the iconic “I Musici” ensemble!” Monique Duphil, Pianist. Oberlin Conservatory, OH. 2013

     “The deep, plush sound of the viola and cello supported a gorgeous, singing first violin melody in the second movement. Their playing of the third movement brought out its sparkling quality as well as the special tone generated by canonic writing. The Dalí players made the most of the vivid rhythm of the czardasdance Brahms used in the finale.” William Thomas Walker, Classical Voice of North Carolina. Elon, NC. 2014 

    “Simon is accomplished violinist, experienced teacher and also director of prestigious festival in Venezuela. I have heard Simon’s recital last summer in Brazil during the Gravata Festival where I also have performed. I was very impressed with Simon playing and had a chance to interact with him after the concert and get to know him a little better. I found him to be not only an excellent violinist, but also a wonderful person. As a result, I invited Simon to lead “International Chamber Soloists”, the string chamber orchestra I direct, on our recent eight concerts Mid-West tour and also for upcoming performances in Canada and Washington DC. Simon has shown great leadership, experience and knowledge of the repertoire, which contributed tremendously to the group and made our tour very successful.” Dmitri Berlinsky, Violinist. Michigan State University, 2011


     

    Nuevo Mundo Festival & Academy 2012. Alessio Bax and Dali Quartet. Brahms Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 – I. Allegro non troppo.

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