Recognized as a multifaceted and charismatic musician, Swiss-Venezuelan violinist Simón Gollo enjoys a successful international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. At the same time, he is a committed recording artist, artistic director, and pedagogue.
Simón Gollo has appeared on countless stages across Europe, Asia, and the American continent from Canada to Chile. His long career has led him to perform at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Cadogan Hall (London), the 92nd Street Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall (New York), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Bolívar Hall (London), the Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas), the Auditorio Blas Galindo (Mexico City), the Auditorio Manuel de Falla (Granada), and the Teatro Mayor (Bogotá), and for renowned organizations such as the BBC Proms Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. He has collaborated in these performances with international figures such as Alessio Bax, Ricardo Morales, Dmitri Berlinsky, Monique Duphil, Edicson Ruiz, Paul Rosenthal, John Novacek, Alissa Margulis, Jakob Koranyi, Miguel da Silva (Ysaÿe Quartet), Richard Young (Vermeer Quartet), Randolph Kelly, and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, among many others.
As a soloist, Simón Gollo has performed the greatest violin concertos with prestigious orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, Filarmónica de Bogotá, Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta (Argentina), Central Ohio Symphony (USA), Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio (USA), and the Orquesta de Caxias do Sul (Brazil), under the baton of prominent conductors such as Conrad van Alphen, Theodore Kuchar, and Carlos Izcaray. He obtained the Fundación Cisneros 2012 scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival, where he took lessonsfrom renowned professors Alex Kerr and Naoko Tanaka. He received his musical education in Switzerland under the tutelage of his mentors Anne Bauer, Gyula Stuller, Gabor Takacs and Patrick Genet.
From 2012 to 2019, Simón Gollo was a member of the Dalí String Quartet and La Catrina Quartet— ensembles specializing in Latin American music—participating in numerous successful tours and performances within and outside of the United States. His discography with La Catrina Quartet, which includes a Latin Grammy–nominated recording, is available on the RYCY Productions, Inc., and Summit Records labels. His passion for chamber orchestras led him to join the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York and to play leading roles in major festivals, tours, and concerts with other chamber orchestras such as the Camerata Nordica (Sweden), Post Classical Ensemble (Washington, DC), Dallas Chamber Symphony, and Classical Music Institute Chamber Orchestra (San Antonio). In January 2020 he was guest concertmaster for the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada under the baton of Michał Nesterowicz. Simón Gollo is currently a permanent member of the Reverón Piano Trio and guest first violinist of the Cuarteto Q-Arte, which tours, records, and performs throughout Colombia and Europe.
Simón Gollo is a gifted and committed pedagogue who keeps a very busy schedule teaching both violin and chamber music. He has served on the faculty of the Summit Music Festival in New York and regularly collaborates as a substitute professor at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division (class of Naoko Tanaka). For six years, he served as a violin professor at the internationally recognized and acclaimed program El Sistema and at the Mozarteum de Caracas, both in Venezuela. He is now an assistant professor of violin at New Mexico State University (NMSU), and he joins the faculty roster at the California Orchestra Institute in 2020.
A musical pioneer of his generation, in the year 2000 at the age of twenty, Simón Gollo founded the Nuevo Mundo Festival and Academy in his native country of Venezuela. For twelve years this festival was one of the leading cultural destinations in an already musically rich nation for countless international artists such as the Borodin Quartet, Jean Jacques Kantorow, Miklos Perenyi. Simón Gollo carried on the success of the Nuevo Mundo organization by inaugurating and serving as Artistic Director of the Aruba Symphony Festival and Academy. He has continued to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the promotion and presentation of international artists in new scenarios and bringing music to larger audiences while offering young musicians the opportunity to work with renowned artists of international prominence. In recognition of this important educational work, Simón Gollo has received awards such as: “City of Maracaibo Order of Merit”, issued by the City Council in recognition of his outstanding achievements for the cultural sector in Maracaibo city, “Lia Bermudez Order of Art”, given by the Universidad Rafael Belloso Chacín honoring the transcendent contribution of his Nuevo Mundo Festival and Academy to the city’s cultural sector and the “Certificate of Recognition” for the organization and the artistic direction of the Aruba Symphony Festival and Academy, issued by the Aruba Tourism Authority in Oranjestad, Aruba.
Appointed conductor of the New Mexico State University Philharmonic in 2016, Simón Gollo has experienced extraordinary growth in this facet of his career that has not gone unnoticed. He has received numerous invitations to conduct both youth and professional orchestras in the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela.
Simón Gollo is a recording artist for the international recording label IBS Classical