Award-winning Swiss-Venezuelan violinist and orchestra conductor, Simon Gollo, has a recognized career in prestigious scenarios 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), Teatro Mayor, (Bogota, Colombia). Performing with international figures such as Alessio Bax, Ricardo Morales, Dmitri Berlinsky, Richard Young, (Vermeer Quartet), Miguel Da Silva, (Ysaye Quartet), John Novacek, Randolph Kelly, Mihai Marica, Yura Lee, Jacob Koranyi.
He appeared as a soloist in Switzerland, United States of America, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela collaborating with international conductors such as Conrad Van Alphen, Theodore Kuchar, Carlos Izcaray. (“Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela, Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota, Orquesta Sinfonica de Salta. Argentina”. Central Ohio Symphony, Classical Music Institute Chamber Orchestra, San Antonio, TX. Among others).
Simon Gollo is a gifted and committed pedagogue who keeps a very busy teaching schedule that includes invitations to teach masterclasses around the world. Since 2016 he has been a faculty member of the Summit Music Festival in New York, Classical Music Institute San Antonio, TX, and the Park City Music Festival Young Artist Institute in Utah. He is also regularly invited by Professor Naoko Tanaka to teach at the Juilliard School of Music. From 2006 to 2012, he was a sought violin professor in “El Sistema” Venezuela and at the Mozarteum Music School in Caracas. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Nuevo Mundo Festival & Academy (2000-2016), and the Aruba Symphony Festival, 2017.
From 2012 to 2015, Simon Gollo was a member of the Dali String Quartet, and the St. Luke’s Orchestra in NY. Several chamber music ensembles such as Camerata Nordica (Sweden), Classical Jam, (New York) International Chamber Soloists, (Michigan) Post Classical Ensemble (Washington DC), and the Dallas Chamber Symphony, have invited him as a principal player for tours and concerts presented at esteemed venues including the Carnegie Hall in NYC and the Cadogan Hall (London, UK – BBC Proms Festival), among others.
Simon Gollo, earned degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, and the Conservatoire Superieur et Academie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland. His teachers include Gyula Stuller, Anne Bauer, Gabor Takaçs. Mr. Gollo has also participated in masterclasses given by members of the Amadeus, Bartok, and Sine Nomine quartets as well as violin masters Alexander Kerr, Naoko Tanaka, Tibor Varga, Ana Chumachenko and Igor Bezrodny.
Currently, Simon Gollo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at New Mexico State University (NMSU), Conductor of the NMSU Philharmonic and a member of La Catrina String Quartet. He is associate concertmaster and Education Director for the Classical Music Institute (CMI) in San Antonio. TX.