Simone Gomez . © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2014

An active percussionist and timpanist, Simón currently holds the positions of Principal Percussionist of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and is finishing his second season as a Civic Fellow and Timpanist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He frequently performs with groups such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Grant Park Orchestra.

Since moving to Chicago in 2011, Simón has also performed with several local and regional groups such as the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, New Millennium Orchestra, Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Opera Chicago, International Chambler Artists, among others. While living in Miami, he was the Assistant Principal Percussionist of the Florida Grand Opera during their 2010-2011 season and also performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Boca Raton Sinfonia, and Palm Beach Symphony.

Born in Medellin, Colombia, Simón 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, was recipient of the Charlie Owen Fellowship in 2011 and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Timpani Fellowship in 2012.

Also a passionate educator, Simón is currently in the faculty of the Percussion Scholarship Program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New England Music Camp and has coached 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 is also a JG Percussion Young Artist.