Born in New York, Jay 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. Pierre Boulez has said of him: "extremely interesting, he gives evidence of a sure originality and the best qualities in the domain of execution." And Olivier Messiaen: "A magnificent technique, the harmonies and timbres are marvelously rendered. An authoritative, ideal performance."
Jay Gottlieb is regularly concertizing in major international music festivals and giving master classes throughout the world. He has appeared as soloist with many leading orchestras working with conductors Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Michael Tilson Thomas among others. Many composers 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.
Jay Gottlieb is part of the PIANALE professor team since 2016.