A native of Israel, Gotlibovich holds first prizes in National and International Competitions, among them: First Prize and the Fridolin Rusch Award at the 8th International Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, first prize at the 2004 Aviv Competitions in Israel and the 2004 American Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as a member of Trio di Colore.
Gotlibovich’s concert activities span through Europe, United States and Israel. He has played as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, Texas Festival Orchestra and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. He collaborated in Chamber Music with world renowned artists such as: Menachem Pressler, Marc Andre Haemlin, George Pludmahcer, Nubuko Imai, Natalia Gutman and Janos Starker among others. His concerts can be heard worldwide on networks such as BBC in the U.K., CBC in Canada, IBA in Israel, FRA in France, Deutschlandfunk in Germany and NPR in the United States. He has appeared in recitals in such venues as: Wigmore Hall in London and the Kennedy Center in Washington.
Live music for the 1919 movie ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ by Gotlibovich for viola and cello was premiered in Festival ‘Are More’ in Vigo, Spain, and last year was performed in the Haifa International Film Festival among various venues in Israel and abroad.
He is a regular guest at festivals and summer courses such as Kuhmo in Finland, Roundtp in Texas, Giverny and Villefavard in France and the world viola congresses.
An album titled Chamber Music of Jean Francaix, recently released on xxi productions, features a premiere recording of the original version of Rhapsodie for viola and piano (1946) and trio for clarinet, viola and piano.
He has worked with Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Ensemble Callisto in Chicago, ICTUS in Brussels, 216BCN in Barcelona and 21 in Israel; and with composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Henri Deutilleux, Gyorgy Kurtag and Sofia Gubaidulina. Composers Alexandre Eisenberg and Justin Merritt have written Concertos for the Viola that were dedicated to and premiered by Gotlibovich.
Gotlibovich was the youngest Professor on the faculty of Indiana University from 2004 to 2008. Currently, he is a Professor in Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano and Assistant Professor in Escuela Superior de Musica, Reina Sofia, Madrid.
His main teachers include Atar Arad and Anna Rasnovsky.
“The America-Israel Cultural Foundation has played a vital role in my musical development throughout the years with support, guidance and advice. I thank the AICF for helping me achieve the place where I am today.
It is no secret that the artistic climate in Israel is tough and it is the AICF that is taking on this most important mission of keeping it alive. It is hard to imagine an Israeli musician who is having a professional career in music that was not supported at some point by the AICF. For me, as for many Israelis who live abroad, the ACIF is a direct link to Israel and Israeli musicians. I thank the AICF for all of that and for sustaining this long term relationship.”