American Masterclass in Paris presented by pianist Jay Gottlieb

Jay and the Masterclass

by Jane Rosenstein and Mark W. Suits

(Dec 7, 2014  Paris France) – On the historic Ile Saint Louis in the centre of Paris,we had the privilege and pleasure to attend a Masterclass on American Music from 1801 to 1986 presented by a famous American ex patriot Pianist Jay Gottlieb, held in the luxurious private apartment of socialite, former Opera singer who holds the title Cheveliere des Arts, Eliane Lublin.

Jay Presenting the Masterclass
Jay  Gottlieb Presenting the Masterclass  Photo Credit   Mark W. Suits

Approximately 100 guests, all French, arrived at 8 pm. Most of them are subscribing members of Le Circle des Concerts Temps,  an organization that promotes classical music concerts. The fee for this event was about 20 Euros and included a sumptuous buffet dinner in which Jay himself mingled with the guests after his presentation.

First, Jay introduced himself and explained that this event was not a concert, but rather a Master Classs. He told the audience that he would be commenting on choice American composers and playing excepts on Eliane’s Steinway Grand piano. The audience was interested and attentive with all eyes and ears focused on Jay.

The musical program included selections of work from 21 composers :

James Hewitt, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Thomas Wiggins, Schoot Joplin, CharlesIves, Henry Cowell, George Antheil, George Gershwin, Ruth Crawford Seeger, AronCopland, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earl Brown, Leonard Bernstein and George Crumb.

Buffet  Photo Credit  Mark W. Suits
Jay’s examples of Antheil’s Jazz and Airplane Sonatas, and the Adams ‘excerps from Phrygian Gates, were among the more spell binding examples… but indeed, in the hands of Jay, everything is!
Jay projected his unique vitality, depth and enthusiasm with each observation and music selection he’d chosen for the Master Class.
A native New Yorker who received a M.A. degree from Harvard, Jay a laureate of Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, among other many other honors and awards during his career.
Jay and Eliane
Jay and Eliane  Photo Credit  Mark W. Suits


Jay Gottlieb came to Paris to study the mythic music teacher Nadia Boulanger and later won le prix Lili Boulanger in 1979… Lili Boulanger having been the sister of Nadia was the first women composer ever to win the Prix de Rome in 1913. Nadia’s students list is  like the who’s of of 20th century music with such students as John Elliot Gardiner, Aaron Copeland, Quincy Jones, Dino Lipatti,Danial Barenboim, Virgil Thompson and Philip Glasss. Jay has performed with with many orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra de Paris. He lives in Paris and performs internationally.

Jay playing the piano
Jay Gottlieb Playing the Piano   Photo Credit Mark W. Suits

For more information on Jay and where or what he may be playing, consult his web site:


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