Yubai Gotlibovich – Classical Improvisation


A native of Israel, Viola player and Composer Gotlibovich holds first Prizes at the International Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, Aviv Competition as well as the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Gotlibovich enjoys a broad musical career that spans throughout Europe, United States and Israel as a leading viola player, composer and pedagogue.

He 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 Pludmacher, Nubuko Imai, Natalia Gutman, Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman and Mischa Maisky among many others and appeared in recital in Wigmore Hall, London and the Kennedy Center in Washington. He is a regular guest in some of Europes leading chamber music festivals.

Behind the Mirror, a Musical and Theatrical Composition, commissioned by ’ Klassiske Dage – Holstebro International Music Festival’ in collaboration with the Odin Theatre Company was premiered by Janne Thomsen, Lars Anders Tomter and Zoran Markovic in collaboration with the ‘Odin’ Theatre Company.

The piece was played a second time in the ‘Kuhmo’ Chamber Music Festival and will be performed again in the 2013 edition of Klassiske Dage.

Pieces for cello solo, for Erica Weiss was premiered this year by Weiss in her Chamber Music in San Pere series in Barcelona.

His arrangements of 13 variations of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations in different musical styles are featured on a newly released Album on Sony Classical. The Album has gained wide recognition in Spain, was featured on national media, television, radio, and internet, in a new documentary film produced by Mercedes Mila called The Healing Notes, and was chosen as one of 2012 recommended albums by the national Newspaper El Pais. The rest of the piece was transcribed and arranged together with Pablo Martos and Alberto Martos (Trio Garnati), and the three are the performers on this recording. The Music is published by Music Sales Group.


Gotlibovich had composed music that accompanies two feature films from the silent era, The Cabinet of dr. Caligari (1919) and The Golem (1920), both commissioned by the Are More Festival in Vigo, Spain and performed in numerous film and music festivals including the international Haifa Film Festival and Kovengencie in Bratislava.

His playing is also featured on XXI records including a premiere recording of Jean Francaix Rhapsodie for viola and piano in its original version. Verso records with premiere recordings of chamber music of Fabian Panisello. Raster-Noton on DVD and CD format with Ensemble Modern, Alva Nota and Ryuichi Sakamoto. And on JMC label Chamber Music by Mark Kopitman. His concerts can be heard worldwide on networks BBC in theU.K, CBC in Canada, IBA in Israel, FRA in France, Deutschlandfunk in Germany and NPR in the United States.


Gotlibovich had worked with such composers as Penderecki, Deutilleux and Gubaidulina and had premiered viola concerti dedicated to him by Alexandre Eisenberg and Justin Merritt and collaborated with new music ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, Calisto, Meitar, Bcn 216 and Ictus..

Gotlibovich has Premiered this year in Panama in VII Festival Internacional Alfredo de Saint Malo Cobalto Azul, en Transito for Viola and String Orchestra written for him by Ramon Paus.

Gotlibovich had been the youngest Professor on the faculty of Indiana University. Currently, Professor in Concervtorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano and Escula Superior de Musica, Catalunia.

His main teachers include Atar Arad and Anna Rasnovsky.