The NEW YORK TIMES has hailed Jay Gottlieb's "adventurous brilliance" and described his playing as "beautifully colored and technically formidable". Pierre Boulez has said of him: "extremely interesting, he gives evidence of a sure originality and the best qualities in the domain of execution." Born in New York, Gottlieb studied at the Juilliard School and at Harvard University, and in France with Nadia Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen, Yvonne Loriod, Robert Casadesus, and in Germany with Aloys Kontarsky. He won the Master Award at the Tanglewood Festival and since has appeared in major international music festivals (La Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival, International Keyboard Festival in New York, Autumn Festival in Paris, Autumn Festival in Warsaw, Biennale in Venice, Moscow Forum...), concertizing and giving lecture-concerts and master classes throughout the world.
Institutions such as the Juilliard School, Indiana University in Bloomington, Paris Conservatory, Ecole Normale and Schola Cantorum in Paris, American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, Centre Acanthes of the Avignon Festival, PIANALE in Germany regularly invite him as a pedagogue.
He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras and ensembles including the Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Percussions de Strasbourg, London Sinfonietta, the Group for Contemporary Music in New York, etc., working with conductors Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lukas Foss... Many composers (Magnus Lindberg, Franco Donatoni, Sylvano Bussotti, Maurice Ohana, Luis de Pablo, Betsy Jolas, Bruno Mantovani, Ralph Shapey, Barbara Kolb, etc.) have written have written works for him, and he has composed music for several films and written a book on contemporary piano music. He has recorded for Philips, RCA, Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Aeon...several times winning awards such as the Grand Prix du Disque of the French Recording Academy, the Diapason d'Or, the "Choc" of the "Monde de la Musique" among others.