Simon Gollo

Simon Gollo

Associate Professor of Music, Violin; Conductor, Furman Symphony Orchestra

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Simón Gollo is recognized as a multifaceted and charismatic musician who enjoys a successful international career as a chamber musician, pedagogue, soloist, and conductor. He is also a recording artist for the international recording label IBS Classical, and is represented, alongside the Reverón Piano Trio, by HALAC Artists and Meluk Kultur Management.

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.

From 2012 to 2020, Simón Gollo was a member of the Dalí String Quartet, La Catrina Quartet and the Q-Arte Quartet—ensembles specializing in Latin American music—participating in numerous successful tours and performances within and outside of the United States. 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.

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), Music Institute Chamber Orchestra (San Antonio) and Dallas Chamber Symphony. In January 2020 he was guest concertmaster for the "Orquesta Ciudad de Granada" under the baton of Michał Nesterowicz.

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 through the United States, China, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia and Brazil.

In 2020, his album “CHAUSSON,” alongside the pianist John Novacek, and under the label IBS CLASSICAL, received vast positive international reviews in prestigious magazines like Scherzo, Melomano, Mundo Clásico, El Diario de Sevilla, and Fanfare.

Simón Gollo was appointed artistic director of the Snow Pond Summer Music Festival - New England Music Camp in 2022 and was appointed the artistic director and conductor of the Carolina Youth Symphony in 2023.


  • Soloist Diploma in Violin Performance (Master in Violin Performance)
  • "Conservatoire Supérieur et Académie de Musique Tibor Varga", Sion, Switzerland. Primary teachers: Gyula Stuller, Gabor Takacs.

Honors & Awards

Simón Gollo has received numerous awards and recognitions, some of these include the “Order of Merit”, issued by the City Council of Maracaibo, in recognition of his outstanding achievements for the cultural sector in Maracaibo city. In 2021, he was selected as the recipient of a “Spring 2021 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Achievement in Scholarship” at New Mexico State University. In 2022, the Rafael Urdaneta University in Maracaibo, Venezuela, conferred upon him the title of Honorary Professor.

Research Interests

Music from Latin America for solo violin, chamber orchestra, and orchestra.

Representative Publications

Additional Professional Activity

  • Artistic Director of the Snow Pond - New England Music Camp
  • Artistic Director and Conductor - Carolina Youth Symphony