David Gottlieb’s emotionally charged music focuses on the sights, sounds and issues of our complex 21st Century. A champion of accessible contemporary music, his music eschews academic complexity for audience engagement, using an honesty of tone, driving rhythms, and relatable, evocative emotions to create bridges for audiences both established and new. His music has been described by David Harrington, founder and violinist of the Kronos Quartet, in one simple word: “Wow."

In 2014, Mr. Gottlieb will be presented as a featured speaker in the Denver Area Music Teacher Association’s “Teaching Composition" lecture series, the largest piano teacher organization in the region. His major upcoming commissions include a short ballet score for the Moirai Ballet company’s 2014-15 season and a 12-minute percussion piece for the Sarkesh Percussion ensemble’s 14-city European tour, which also features an ARTS Europe televised performance and spotlight.

Mr. Gottlieb has collaborated with some of the leading new-music ensembles of our time, including Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble, sfSound, the International Orange Chorale, the Daedalus Quartet, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Gottlieb has had commissions premiered by several up-and-coming new-music chamber groups, including the Friction Quartet, Nonsemble6, and Duo Tandem. His pieces have been played by legendary classical guitarist David Tanenbaum, San Francisco Symphony Principal Tubist Jeffrey Anderson, and the Grammy-nominated pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi, David enjoys cross-disciplinary collaborations, and in 2010 he collaborated with MoMA poet-laureate Kenneth Goldsmith and Philadelphia’s Institute for Contemporary Art on their multimedia exhibition “Queer Voice", providing material for the exhibition itself and contributing nearly 40 pages to the published catalogue.

In addition to composition, Mr. Gottlieb has been a dedicated advocate for contemporary composers and new-music chamber ensembles. In 2010, he founded SFNewMusic, a Bay Area-based contemporary chamber music presenting organization. Under his leadership, SFNewMusic produced three new music concerts in the Bay Area, involving eighteen musicians and featuring ten world premieres.

Mr. Gottlieb’s composition accolades include Finalist in the 2011 Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Awards and winner of both the 2010 Hilda K. Nitzche Prize and 2008 David Halstead Prize in Musical Composition from the University of Pennsylvania, prizes regularly awarded to doctoral students.

In 2012, Mr. Gottlieb attended the European American Musical Alliance, where he graduated with honors in counterpoint. In 2011, he had the opportunity to attend both the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the inaugural year of New Music on the Point. While at these festivals, Mr. Gottlieb had the privilege to study with Michel Merlet (le Paris Conservatoire), Robert Beaser (The Juilliard School), Derek Bermel (American Composers Orchestra), David Rakowski (Brandeis University), and Kathryn Alexander (Yale University).

In 2012, Mr. Gottlieb completed his Masters in Music Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Daniel Becker. His other primary teachers include David Ludwig, Andrew McPherson, and Jay Reise. At the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Gottlieb received his B.A. magna cum laude in both Music (with honors) and Diplomatic History, studying musicology under Jeffrey Kahlberg, Gary Tomlinson, Lawrence Bernstein, Guthrie Ramsey and Carol Muller. David Gottlieb currently resides in New York City.