Deemed "consistently self-possessed, and alternately delicate and fierce in her musical approach" by the San Fransisco Classical Voice and praised for her focus and ferocity - coupled with expert technical work" by Strad Magazine, Amanda Gookin is a chamber musician, soloist, activist, and educator living in New York City. She is the co-founder of innovative PUBLIQuartet, the 2016-17 quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Concert Artists Guild's 2013 New Music/New Places Ensemble. Amanda gives master classes on improvisation and chamber music throughout the U.S. and is a Teaching Artist in New York City public schools. Leading courses in Career Development and Artistic Programming, she serves on faculty at SUNY Purchase and Mannes School of Music. She has been sought after as a guest speaker on entrepreneurship and activism by TEDx MidAtlantic, Mannes School of Music, and James Madison University.
Amanda is the Artistic Director of PUBLIQ Access, PUBLIQuartet's composers program which commissions works by emerging composers who are significantly impacting a new approach to writing for string quartet. Her latest initiative, the Forward Music Project, commissioned seven new works for solo cello and electronics by today’s forward-thinking composers that encourage social change and empowerment for women and girls. The Forward Music Project was premiered in March 2017 on the first day of Women's History Month as part of the "Spring Revolution" festival at National Sawdust.
Female Experience in Music
Beyond the Stage