Piano & Composition & Guitar
Jacob Gotlib is an educator, arts administrator, composer, and performer born and raised in Louisville, KY. As an instructor, he has taught piano, guitar, composition, and theory for over a decade in institutions such as the Louisville Academy of Music, St. Patrick’s Music Academy, Louisville School of Rock, and Bader Music Village. He has taught college-level courses and private lessons in music at the University of Missouri, Indiana University-Southeast, Marshall University, and the University of Buffalo.
Jacob is passionate about building communities for contemporary, classical, and experimental music. Currently, he serves as the Managing Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative at the University of Missouri School of Music, where he oversees concerts of 20+ visiting composers and performers each year, competitions, several K-12 programs, and a new music festival on an international scale. Previously, he served as assistant director of the Dreamland Arts Center, as well as co-artistic director of the Mothership Ensemble.
As a composer, Jacob’s works explore patterning, repetition, and concepts informed by electronic music. He has written works for instrumental ensembles, electronics, and multimedia that have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. Locally, his work has been recognized and programmed by the Hear+Now Series, the JCC Orchestra, the University of Louisville New Music Festival, SONICBernheim, and the Kentucky Arts Council.
In his spare time, Jacob performs as a guitarist in electronic dance-metal trio Decapitron, whose music has been described as “the Mega Man soundtrack as performed by Iron Maiden.” The group has released two albums and performs in venues throughout Louisville.