Simón Gómez Gallego, percussion

An active percussionist and timpanist, Simón Gómez Gallego  is currently the Principal Percussionist of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Timpanist of the West Michigan Symphony. Mr. Gómez has also recently performed with groups such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Grant Park Orchestra.

Born in Medellin, Colombia, Mr. Gómez 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 University of Miami and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Percussion Performance from DePaul University. He attended the Aspen Music Festival and School for 5 summers, and was recipient of the Charlie Owen Fellowship in 2011 and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Timpani Fellowship in 2012.

Mr. Gómez has been the timpanist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He also worked as a Civic Fellow under the guidance of Yo-Yo Ma in civic engagement performances, chamber music, and entrepreneurship projects.

Mr. Gómez has performed with several local and regional groups around Chicago such as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, New Millennium Orchestra, Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Opera Chicago, International Chambler Artists, among others. Previously Simón also served as the Principal Percussionist of the Battle Creek Symphony and Assistant Principal Percussionist of the Florida Grand Opera. While in Miami he also performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Boca Raton Sinfonia, and Palm Beach Symphony.

Also a passionate educator, Mr. Gómez is currently in the faculty of the Percussion Scholarship Program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Sistema Ravinia Program at Catalyst Circle Rock and during the summers works at the New England Music Camp. He has also served as coach of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony Orchestra and The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Simón’s main teachers include David Herbert, Marc Damoulakis, Eric Millstein, Matthew Strauss, Vadim Karpinos, Svet Stoyanov, Ney Rosauro, and Ted Atkatz.

Simón is a proud endorser of Sabian cymbals and a JG Percussion Young Artist.