Award-winning Venezuelan violinist Simón Gollo is one of the most versatile and charismatic Latin American artists of his generation working in the United States today. His diverse career demands him to serve the roles of artist director, conductor, soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Founder and Music Director of the Aruba Symphony Festival and Academy (formerly Nuevo Mundo Festival of Venezuela), Simón Gollo is committed to promoting first class artists from Latin America, as well as providing talented Latin American students the opportunity to work with performers and teachers from around the globe.
Simón Gollo has appeared as a conductor and soloist across the United States, Europe, Central and South America at prestigious venues such as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (Philadelphia, USA), 92Y- Kaufmann Concert Hall (NY, 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), and the Teatro Mayor (Bogota, Colombia). He has performed with international figures such as Alessio Bax, Ricardo Morales, Dmitri Berlinsky, Richard Young (Vermeer Quartet), Miguel Dasilva (Ysaye Quartet), Randolph Kelly, John Novacek, Mihai Marica, Yura Lee, and Jacob Koranyi, among many others.
In addition to his collaborations as soloist and conductor, chamber music has been a major focus throughout his career. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Gollo was a member of the Dali String Quartet and is regularly invited by the St. Luke’s Orchestra (NY) and several chamber music ensembles such as Camerata Nordica (Sweden), Classical Jam, International Chamber Soloists, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio for tours and concerts given at esteemed venues such as the Carnegie hall in NYC, and Cadogan Hall (London, UK – BBC Proms Festival). Most recently Simón Gollo has been a member of the La Catrina string quartet for which he was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, “String Quartet No. 3 (In memoriam Ludwig Van Beethoven)” by composer and producer Yalil Guerram from the quartet’s latest album, “Alma con Brio.”
Simón Gollo is a gifted and committed pedagogue who keeps a very busy teaching schedule including invitations to teach master classes around the world. 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.
Currently, Simón Gollo is Assistant Professor of Violin in the Department of Music at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Conductor of the NMSU Philharmonic. Since 2016 Simon Gollo has a prominent career as a conductor emphasizing his artistic commitment to social projects of a musical nature in El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, and the USA. Simón Gollo is a recording artist for IBS Classical.