Dr. Valentina Gottlieb began teaching for CSULB in 2000, gives master classes, and teaches at her private studio in Irvine. She is an active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of Southern California (MTAC) and National Association of Professional Music Teachers (MTNA).
She is an honor graduate of the State Conservatory of Music in Riga, Latvia, with a M.A. degree from that Conservatory and a Doctorate from the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. She was one of the leading professors in the Piano Faculty at the Latvian Academy of Music. Her graduates have successfully participated in prestigious National and International competitions.
Valentina was the first performer in Latvia of the John Field Concerti for piano and orchestra, B. Martin’s Piano Sonata and other compositions. Besides being an accomplished performer whose programs were recorded and broadcast on Latvian State Radio and TV, she is an author of two books on B. Martin piano music.
Since 1994, she has been performing throughout Southern California. In 1999, she toured Latvia and Spain, and in 2001 she soloed at the Gala concert dedicated to the 800-year anniversary of the City of Riga, Latvia. She also performed at the Irvine Chamber Music Festivals, etc.
Gottlieb shined in tour-de-force performances of Liszt’s transcriptions of three Schubert songs. [The middle song] simply took one’s breath away.—Irvine World News, Aug. 2001.
…Her performance may be described as masterfully perfect, full with brilliant interpretation and poetic understanding of a musical work. Mrs. Gottlieb’s repertory is very broad and oriented toward the enlightenment of the public.—Prof. Lev Vlasenko, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music, President, Jury—Tchaikovsky Piano Competition 1994.