ABOUT REVERON TRIO
The Reverón Piano Trio’s main goal is to introduce audiences to underrepresented music from Latin America alongside contemporary and standard repertoire. These seasoned artists are active promoters of Latin American music through their work as scholars and entrepreneurs, and they have devoted their careers to the discovery, cataloguing, performance, and recording of this rich repertoire. In addition, the trio continues to commission new works, and is in the process of creating the Sphinx Catalog of Latin American Piano Trios. Ana María, Simón, and Horacio are all Venezuelan artists that have made their home in the United States.
The Reverón Trio is named after Venezuelan artist Armando Reverón, one of the earliest American modernists. Despite the fact that Reverón is now regarded as a highly influential figure in Latin America, his work is not celebrated outside the borders of Venezuela. Similarly, the music of Latin America is virtually unknown, especially the piano trio literature. It is the trio’s wish to enhance multicultural understanding and increase the visibility of Reverón’s work and of Latin American music.
Recent engagements include concerts at the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, Latin American Music Initiative's first conference, Aruba Symphony Festival, the Beethoven Festival Park City, the Collaborative Piano Institute, Festival A la Vela de la Alhambra in Granada, and Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Additionally, the trio has been in residence at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin, Dickinson College, Lawrence University, Louisiana State University, the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, the Collaborative Piano Institute, and various other universities in the U.S. and abroad.
Upcoming projects include a recitals at Chamber Music Wilmington and American Music Festival in NC, the release of their first audio recording produced and distributed globally by IBS Classical, the Latin American Chamber Music Series at the Music Institute of Chicago, and residencies various other universities in the U.S. and abroad.
The trio is managed in the United States by Meluk Kulturmanagement and in Latin America and Europe in society Halac Artists - Meluk Kulturmanagement.
Simon 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 Casals Festival, BBC Proms Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.
He has collaborated 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), Jeff Bradetich, Adam Liu, David Cerutti, Randolph Kelly, and the Cuarteto
Latinoamericano, among many others.
His passion for the chamber orchestra repertoire 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.
Throughout his career, Simon Gollo has served as the Founder and Artistic Director of various music festivals in Venezuela, Aruba, and the United States intended to educate and edify young musicians. 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. 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, Simon Gollo is appointed Artistic Director of the Snow Pond/New England Music Camp and he became Associate Professor of Violin at Furman University.
“Soloists who give prominence to our country’s music include (…) Horacio Contreras, to name a few of the teachers and pillars of Venezuela’s System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras (El Sistema).”
— Paul Desenne, El Nacional (Caracas)
Joining the UNT College of Music in Fall 2022, Venezuelan cellist Dr. Horacio Contreras has gained esteem through a multifaceted career as a concert cellist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and scholar. He has collaborated with prestigious institutions across the Americas and Europe as a concerto soloist, a recitalist, a chamber musician, and a master class clinician.
Highlights of his career include solo performances with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the Municipal Orchestra of Caracas in Venezuela, the EAFIT University Orchestra in Colombia, the Camerata de France in France, and the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra and the Music Institute of Chicago’s Chamber Orchestra in the US; chamber collaborations with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and members of the Detroit, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin; and master classes at Bloomington, Juilliard, Michigan, Oberlin and the ASTA National Convention, as well as at many renowned programs from Latin America. Recent collaborations include the recording of the works for cello and piano by Ricardo Lorenz, the commission and premiere of Diáspora for cello and piano by the Schubert Club’s composer-in-residence Reinaldo Moya, and the recording of Shuying Li’s World Map Concerti with the Four Corners Ensemble.
Dr. Contreras currently serves on the faculty of Lawrence University, the Music Institute of Chicago and the University of Michigan’s MPulse summer institute Center Stage Strings. His students have made solo recordings, soloed nationally and internationally, attended festivals such as Aspen, Orford and Domaine Forget, and won awards at regional and national competitions. They have continued their education at institutions including the University of Michigan, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland, and the Hochschule for Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, Germany. Some of his former students have pursued successful careers as orchestral musicians, chamber musicians, teachers, and freelancers. Others have devoted their energies to grow in other professional areas and enjoy a meaningful connection with music through the cello.
Dr. Contreras is the founder and artistic director of Strings of Latin America, an official partner to the Sphinx Organization with the purpose of social engagement through the promotion of diversity in the classical music world. As a part of his efforts to help diversifying the repertoire, he coauthored The Sphinx Catalog of Latin-American Cello Works, a comprehensive database with information about works for cello written by Latin American composers created in partnership with the Sphinx Organization and CelloBello.org. His pedagogic book Exercises for the Cello in Various Combinations of Double-Stops has received recognition as a significant contribution to the instrument’s literature.
Dr. Contreras is a member of the Four Corners Ensemble and the Reverón Piano Trio. He started his musical studies in Venezuela through El Sistema, and holds degrees from the Conservatoire National de Région de Perpignan, France, the Escola de Musica de Barcelona, Spain, and the University of Michigan. He is represented by Meluk Kultur Management and Halac Artists together with his colleagues of the Reverón Piano Trio.
Since her orchestral debut at age twelve, Venezuelan pianist Ana María Otamendi has performed as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and conductor with renowned orchestras and at important venues such as Chicago Symphony Hall, Spivey Hall, Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas, Venezuela), Salzburg Domesaal, Megaron Mousikis Concert Hall (Athens), Parco de la musica (Rome), Teatro Arcimboldi (Milano), Teatro Odeum (Patras), as well as many other venues in Austria, Panama, Brazil, Venezuela, the United States, Spain, Italy, and Greece. Over 300 collaborative performances with renowned artists such as Donald Sinta, Michelle DeYoung, Paul Groves, Ana María Martinez, Alexis Cárdenas, members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, and many more.
After finishing her two-year tenure as Studio Artist at the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, as well as the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera, she became the Head Vocal Coach of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston. Currently, she is the Janice Harvey Pellar Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano at Louisiana State University, where she is the head of the collaborative piano program. She is the Artistic Director of the Collaborative Piano Institute, an intensive three-week summer program devoted to collaborative pianists, that counts with stellar faculty, such as Martin Katz, Rita Sloan, Kathleen Kelly, Marie-France Lefebvre, Howard Watkins, and many more. She is also pianist and founding member of the Reverón Piano Trio (a Venezuelan ensemble devoted to the standard, modern, and Latin American piano trio repertoire), and the Aelia Duo (with pianist Elena Lacheva). She was Head Coach and Conductor for the Franco American Vocal Academy in France and Salzburg (FAVA) during several summers, where she conducted works like Don Giovanni and La Belle Helene, and coached singers in their roles and art song.
She is a regular guest artist, guest speaker, and teacher at different Universities in the United States and abroad such as Yale, University of Michigan, Cambridge University, Universidade de Sao Paulo and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil), Mahidol University (Thailand), University of Minnesota, University of Texas at Austin, the University of South Carolina, and many more. Ana María holds a Master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin, an Artist Certificate from the University of South Carolina where she worked with the renowned pianist Marina Lomazov, and a Doctorate in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan, where she studied with world-class collaborative pianist Martin Katz. In 2021 she won the Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan, as an artist who has greatly contributed to the profession.
She was principal keyboard of the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra (2007–08) as well as Assistant Professor at the University of Musical Studies in Caracas. Besides her musical training, Ana María is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Italian, and also a Geophysical Engineer. Her thesis was published in the prestigious journal Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors.