Born In Medellin, Colombia
Resides In Chicago, IL
An active percussionist and timpanist, Simón is currently the Principal Timpanist of the West Michigan Symphony and the Principal Percussionist of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Simón has also performed recently with groups such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Grant Park Orchestra.
Simón was the timpanist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago 2014 -2016. While in the orchestra, he was a Civic Fellow under the guidance of Yo-Yo Ma and worked on civic engagement, educational performances, chamber music and entrepreneurship projects around Chicago.
Simón 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 (2014 – 2016) and Assistant Principal Percussionist of the Florida Grand Opera (2010 – 2011). While in Miami he 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 In- stituto Musical Diego Echavarria. He then received both his Bachelor’s degree (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 Scholar ship Program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Sistema Ravinia Program at Catalyst Circle Rock and during the summers he is a Teaching Artist 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.