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Percussionist Gordon Gottlieb has had an active performing life in a variety of musical traditions. A native New Yorker, he studied music with his principal influence, James Wimer, as well as receiving B.M. and M.S. degrees from the Juilliard School where he studied with Saul Goodman, Elden "Buster" Bailey and Morris Goldenberg. He also studied with Cloyd Duff at the Aspen Music Festival.

Gordon has been soloist with the New York Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Boston Pops, and at music festivals such as Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Aspen, Grand Canyon and Warsaw Autumn Festival.

Active in contemporary music, he has played with, amongst many others, the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, The Juilliard Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, the Group For Contemporary Music, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (with whom he has recorded Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion for Delos), and was often soloist for the Prospective Encounters and Rug Concert series with Pierre Boulez. With Robert Craft he has performed much of the music of Igor Stravinsky, including recordings of Les Noces, Histoire du Soldat and Renard. He has commissioned and performed new works for percussion and piano with his brother, Jay, their first duo recording being released in 1985 on Auvidis Records, Paris. And, he has played on numerous recordings and soundtracks of Philip Glass.

Since 1970 Gordon has been actively involved with the New York Philharmonic as an extra and substitute percussionist and timpanist. He's also played with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Casals Festival, the Madeira Bach Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as major opera, ballet, modern dance, and Broadway orchestras.

A partial list of conductors with whom he has worked includes: Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Erich Leinsdorf, Leopold Stokowski, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Igor Markevich, Antal Dorati, Claudio Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen and James Levine.

Involved in jazz, rock, pop, folk, rhythm & blues and world music, Gordon has performed and recorded with many, including: Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Sting, Steely Dan (Two Against Nature-winner of 4 grammys in 2001, including album of the year; and Everything Must Go in 2003), Donald Fagen (Morph The Cat--2006), Walter Becker, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Carly Simon, Grace Jones, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Patti La Belle, Debbie Harry, Queen Latifah, Sarah Vaughan, Paul Winter, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, Hermeto Pascoal, Baaba Maal, Late Nite with David Letterman Band, Alessandra Belloni, Al Jarreau, Pete Seeger, Marc Anthony, Wyclef Jean, Meatloaf, Bette Midler, Paula Abdul, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, David Sanborn, Frankie Valli, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Aretha Franklin, Clay Aiken, Dianne Reeves, Chaka khan, Dream Theater etc.

Also a conductor, Gordon performed the New York premiere of Vesalii Icones of Peter Maxwell Davies, was assistant conductor for Pli Selon Pli of Pierre Boulez with the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble under Arthur Weisberg, and made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting William Walton's Façade with Anna Russell narrating in February, 1981. He conducted Shaker Loops of John Adams at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Menotti's Telephone at the Davos Music Festival in Switzerland, and many performances of Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat.

Gordon has recorded for more than 50 record companies such as Columbia (Sony), R.C.A., Deutsche Grammophon, Atlantic and Warner Brothers, as well as for television (many shows and commercials such as McDonalds, Wendys, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, CNN, HBO etc.), theater, and on the sound tracks of more than 170 feature films such as: Fame, The Wiz, The Cotton Club, A Chorus Line, Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin, Dirty Dancing, Lethal Weapon 3, When Harry Met Sally, Malcolm X, Interview With The Vampire, Fargo, Blair Witch 2, Adaptation etc.

In March, 1984 he became one of the few Americans to play with an escola de samba (Império Serrano) in the carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, which he did again in 1986 and 1988. Gordon wrote a feature article about this experience for the magazine Modern Percussionist, December, 1984. For the same magazine (and its parent, Modern Drummer) he has contributed articles on world music, recording studio techniques, as well as critical reviews.

In 1986 Gordon was co-recipient of a grant from the Massachusetts Council On The Arts and Humanities to explore and integrate electro-acoustic percussion and the visual arts (at M.I.T). Other recognitions include a Martha Baird Rockefeller grant in 1980, Outstanding Young Men of America in 1979, inclusion in the International Who's Who In Music in 1987, Meet The Composer grant in 1989, and was the 1989 recipient of the NARAS most valuable player award in the N.Y. studios.

Gordon has given clinics and master classes all over North and South America, Europe and Asia, for a decade taught at the Yale School of Music, since 1996 has been teaching and playing at the KoSA International Percussion Workshops, and since 1991 has been teaching at the Juilliard School in New York City.

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