JAY GOTTLIEB was born in New York, where he was an honors graduate of the High School of Performing Arts while simultaneously studying at the Juilliard School. He received a Master of Arts degree from Harvard University, where he performed and organized concerts and taught piano, composition and harmony.
He worked closely for many years in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, as well as with pianists Robert Casadesus, Yvonne Loriod and Aloys Kontarsky, and composers Lukas Foss, Stefan Wolpe, Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ohana, Georges Aperghis, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Sylvano Bussotti, John Cage, George Crumb, György Ligeti, Betsy Jolas, Oliver Knussen, Giacinto Scelsi, Ralph Shapey.
JAY GOTTLIEB is a Laureat of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. He has received a Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize, French Government Grant, First Prize in the International Improvisation Competition in Lyons, the Festival Estival de France Prize, and the Master Award for Excellence in Performance at the Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood.
He has taken part in such music festivals as Berlin, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Cologne, Rome, Milan, Turin, the Biennale of Venice, Amsterdam, Aldeburgh, Almeida (London), Huddersfield, Extasis (Geneva), Zurich, Madrid, Seville, Autumn Festival in Warsaw, Autumn Festival in Paris, La Roque d’Anthéron, Musica in Strasburg, Octobre en Normandie, Manca in Nice, Avignon, Les Musiques in Marseille, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Piano(s) Festival in Lille, Orléans, Bourges, Metz, Nancy, Moscow Forum, International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, Tanglewood Festival, Montreal, Macao, among many others.