Simon Gollo was born in Maracaibo city, located in Venezuela, home of “El Sistema”, worldwide known musical project.
Maracaibo (Spanish pronunciation: [maɾaˈkaiβo]) is a city and municipality in northwestern Venezuela, on the western shore of the strait that connects Lake Maracaibo to the Gulf of Venezuela. It is the second-largest city in the country (after the national capital Caracas) and the capital of the state of Zulia. The population of the city is approximately 1,495,200 with the metropolitan area estimated at 2,108,404 as of 2010. Maracaibo is nicknamed La Tierra del Sol Amada (“The Beloved Land of the Sun”). Source: Wikipedia
At the age of 11, Simon moved to Neuchâtel, Switzerland in order to continue his violin studies, and he lived and studied there for 8 years. In Neuchâtel he studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Neuchâtel with professor Anne Bauer, considered by Simon as one of his most important mentors. When he turned 19, Mr. Gollo moved to Geneve, also in Switzerland, and started an ambitious musical project: the “Festival y Academia del Nuevo Mundo” (FANM), a yearly summer festival and academy in Venezuela which became the most important chamber music festival in the country and that has received the most renowned international artists from all over the world. Next FANM (now Nuevo Mundo Festival & Academy) will be held for the first time in Aruba in Summer 2015.
Simon lived in Switzerland until he age of 25 (2005) when he moved back to Venezuela and developed a successful career as a soloist, a chamber musician and a professor while growing up his splendid reputation as a cultural manager. He worked as a Teaching Artist at the Fundación Musical Simon Bolivar, better known as “El Sistema” and he also taught at the prestigious Mozarteum the Caracas School.
In December 2012, Mr. Gollo moved to Lansdale, PA, USA (Philadelphia northern suburbs), after winning a place as the first violin at the Dalí String Quartet and a position as a Violin/Chamber Music professor an Chamber Orchestra Conductor at Arconet Elite Strings Program.
Since Summer 2015, Simon Gollo is living in New Mexico (USA) as a member of the Grammy-winner ensemble La Catrina String Quartet and as a Visiting Artist/Professor at the New Mexico State University. Parallel to his work in New Mexico, Mr. Gollo plays regularly with Classical Jam ensemble and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Manhattan, NY.