Amanda Gookin is a chamber musician, soloist, activist, and educator living in New York City. She is the co-founder of innovative PUBLIQuartet, 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. She is the Professor of Topics in Career Development at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College and has been sought after as a speaker on entrepreneurship by the Mannes School of Music.
“Consistently self-possessed, and alternately delicate and fierce in her musical approach, Gookin displayed impressive reserves of emotional and technical energy.”
Amanda is the Artistic Director of PUBLIQuartet's composers program, PUBLIQ Access, commissioning new works by emerging composers 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 most 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.