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.
The trio has been in residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dickinson College, Lawrence University, Louisiana State University, Aruba Symphony Festival, and has given many recitals, lectures, and masterclasses in the United States and Aruba. Upcoming projects include their first audio recording produced and distributed globally by IBS Classical, a concert tour in Spain, a concert at the Latin American Music Institute First International Conference, and residencies at the University of Michigan and various other universities in the U.S. and abroad.
Award-winning violinist Simón Gollo is one of the most versatile Latin American artists of his generation residing in the United States. His diverse career demands him to serve the roles of artist director, conductor, soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. As Founder and Artistic Director of the Aruba Symphony Festival and Academy (formerly Festival y Academia del Nuevo Mundo in Venezuela), he demonstrates a genuine commitment to the promotion and presentation of international artists in new scenarios, bringing music to larger audiences while offering young musicians the opportunity to work with renowned artists of international prominence.
Simón Gollo has appeared as a conductor and soloist across the United States, Europe, Central and South America at prestigious venues 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), and the Teatro Mayor (Bogota, Colombia). He has performed with international figures such as Alessio Bax, Ricardo Morales, Dmitri Berlinsky, Richard Young (Vermeer Quartet), Miguel Dasilva (Ysaÿe Quartet), Randolph Kelly, John Novacek, Mihai Marica, Yura Lee, and Jacob Koranyi, among many others.
In addition to his collaborations as soloist and conductor, chamber music has been a major focus throughout his career. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Gollo was a member of the Dali String Quartet and is regularly invited by the St. Luke’s Orchestra (NY) and several chamber music ensembles such as Camerata Nordica (Sweden), Classical Jam, International Chamber Soloists, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio for tours and concerts given at esteemed venues such as the Carnegie hall in NYC, and Cadogan Hall (London, UK – BBC Proms Festival). Most recently Simón Gollo has been a member of the La Catrina string quartet for which he was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, “String Quartet No. 3 (In memoriam Ludwig Van Beethoven)” by composer and producer Yalil Guerra from the quartet’s latest album, “Alma con Brio.”
Simón Gollo is a gifted and committed pedagogue who keeps a very busy teaching schedule including invitations to teach master classes around the world. After earning degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, and the Conservatoire Superieur et Academie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland he was a violin professor for the prestigious “El Sistema” and Mozarteum in Caracas, Venezuela. His violin teachers include Gyula Stuller, Anne Bauer, Patrick Genet, and Gabor Takaçs.
Currently, Simón Gollo is Assistant Professor of Violin in the Department of Music at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Conductor of the NMSU Philharmonic. Since 2016 Simon Gollo has a prominent career as a conductor emphasizing his artistic commitment to social projects of a musical nature in El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, and the USA. Simon Gollo is a member of La Catrina String Quartet, quartet in residence at New Mexico State University and the “Reveron Piano Trio”. Simón Gollo is a recording artist for IBS Classical. In 2019 Simon Gollo joins the Q-Arte Quartet as a guest artist for concerts and tours in Colombia and Europe.
Simón recently founded the Las Cruces Youth Orchestra system, the very first youth orchestra in the city. In a very short time, he has tripled the size of the NMSU Phil, and in the first year of its inception he was able to recruit more than thirty students to the Youth Orchestra, clear evidence of his good standing and fine reputation in the region. He organized and conducted the Music Beyond Borders concerts, an important musical and cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico. These two concerts alone brought nearly fifteen hundred audience members to Las Cruces and the city of Juarez. And the idea of Music Beyond Borders represents perfectly who Simón is; an artist who not only defies social and cultural challenges, but conquers them with integrity and grace. Throughout his career, Simón Gollo has demonstrated a genuine commitment to having a positive impact on communities of various socio-economic conditions and cultural education through his musical endeavors.
“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)
Venezuelan cellist 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.
Horacio serves on the faculty of Lawrence University and 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.
He is the coauthor of 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. He 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.
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 Assistant 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 the 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.