Timpanist. Colombian de Medellin. Percussionist. Coffee drinker. Runner/biker. Chicagoan. Musician nerd. Reader.
An active timpanist and percussionist, Simón Gómez Gallego currently holds the positions of Principal Percussionist of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. A sought-after performer around the United States, Simon has performed recently with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. He also performs with several groups in the greater Chicago area and Midwest, such as the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, New Millennium Orchestra, Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Opera Chicago, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, International Chamber Artists. While living in Miami, he was Assistant Principal Percussionist of the Florida Grand Opera during their 2010-2011 season. He also performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Boca Raton Sinfonia, and Palm Beach Symphony.
Born in Medellin, Colombia, Mr. Gómez Gallego started his musical studies at an early age at the Instituto Musical Diego Echavarria. He then received both his Bachelor’s degree (with honors, Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Percussion Performance from DePaul University. Mr. Gomez Gallego attended the Aspen Music Festival and School for 5 summers, where he received the Charlie Owen Fellowship in 2011 and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Timpani Fellowship in 2012.
Also a passionate educator, Mr. Gomez Gallego is currently in the Faculty of the Percussion Scholarship Program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Simon’s main mentors have included David Herbert, Marc Damoulakis, Eric Millstein, Matthew Strauss, Vadim Karpinos, Svet Stoyanov, Ney Rosauro and Ted Atkatz.
Q & A w/ SIMÓN
Years in Chicago?
Important musical experience?
There are many that come to mind, but to name a few: performing at Aspen as a student with my friends and with professionals that I have always respected. Playing with my colleagues from the Civic Orchestra for a packed crowd at Symphony Center. Performing timpani with the Grant Park Orchestra (for over 15,000 people!) at the beautiful Millennium Park in Chicago. And playing Puccini with Lyric and FGO!
In no specific order: Mahler, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Richard Strauss
Favorite Chicago neighborhood or favorite Chicago hang?
All the good independent coffee shops and restaurants
If I was not a musician, I would be..?
A tennis player or a historian.
Photo by Todd Rosenberg ©.