ABOUT SIMON

BIOGRAPHY

A multifaceted and charismatic musician, Simón Gollo enjoys a diverse international career as a violin soloist, pedagogue, chamber musician, recording artist, artistic director and conductor. Mr. Gollo has appeared across the United States, Europe, Central America, South America and Asia at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall (NY, USA), Cadogan Hall (London, UK – BBC Proms Festival), 92Y- Kaufmann Concert Hall (NY, USA), the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (Philadelphia, USA), Chamber Music Society of Detroit, National Gallery of Art (Washington DC, USA), Bolivar Hall (London, UK), Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas, Venezuela), Auditorio Blas Galindo (Mexico City, Mexico), Auditorio Manuel de Falla, (Granada, España), and the Teatro Mayor (Bogota, Colombia).

 

Simón Gollo has collaborated with international figures such as pianists Alessio Bax and John Novacek, violinists Yura Lee, Dmitri Berlinsky, violists Randolph Kelly, Richard Young (Vermeer Quartet), Miguel Dasilva (Ysaÿe Quartet), cellists Mihai Marica and Jakob Koranyi, bassist, Edicson Ruiz, clarinetist Ricardo Morales, Pacho Flores, trumpet and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano among many others. Additionally, he has played with prestigious ensembles including The Orchestra of St. Luke’s (NY), Camerata Nordica (Sweden), International Chamber Soloists, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio (CMI), and the Dallas Chamber Symphony.

 

In addition to his collaborations as soloist and conductor, chamber music has been a major focus throughout his career. Currently violinist of the “Reveron Piano Trio”, Mr. Gollo has been a member of the Dali String Quartet and with the La Catrina Quartet he has been nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, “String Quartet No. 3 (In memoriam Ludwig Van Beethoven)” by composer and producer Yalil Guerra from the quartet’s latest album, “Alma con Brio.” Most recently Simón Gollo joined the Q-Arte Quartet of Colombia on concerts and tours in South America and Europe.

 

Simón Gollo is a gifted and committed pedagogue who keeps a very busy teaching schedule including invitations to teach master classes around the world. These engagements include: The Precollege department of Juilliard School of Music, (Class of Professor Naoko Tanaka), Shenandoah University, University of Iowa, Wilfrid Laurier University, in Canada, Virtuosi Festival in Brazil, Hohenstaufen Festival in Germany, “Universidad Nacional de Colombia”, “Encuentro Internacional de Música de Cámara de Aguascalientes”, Mexico, among many others.

 

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.

 

Currently Assistant Professor of Violin in the Department of Music at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Conductor of the NMSU Philharmonic, Simón Gollo is also the Founder and Artistic director of the Las Cruces Youth Orchestras. After earning degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, and the Conservatoire Superieur et Academie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland, he was a violin professor for the prestigious “El Sistema” and Mozarteum in Caracas, Venezuela. His violin teachers include Gyula Stuller, Anne Bauer, Patrick Genet, and Gabor Takaçs.

 

In 2020, Simón Gollo will be conducting the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra at the Vietnam National Academy of Music Grand Hall, the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, “La Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela”, at the Teatro Teresa Carreño, performing as a soloist with the Ohio Central Symphony, he will serve as a guest concertmaster for “Las Orquesta Ciudad de Granada’, Spain, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Dallas, USA, recording with El Cuarteto Latinoameircano, the Q-arte and The Reveron Piano Trio.

 

Simón Gollo is a recording artist for international recording label, IBS Classical in Granada, Spain. His next album features the Ernest Chausson violin and piano concerto Op. 21 with the world-renowned pianist John Novacek.

“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”

 

Monique Duphil
“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”

 

Marcio Carneiro