Gookin’s focus and ferocity - coupled with expert technical work - made her message unforgettable
— The Strad
Consistently self-possessed, and alternately delicate and fierce in her musical approach
— San Francisco Classical Voice

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Praised for her “delicate and fierce musical approach” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “expert technical work” (The Strad), cellist Amanda Gookin champions the future of music through the creation and bold performance of new works, and a dedication to education, culture, and community engagement.

She is the co-founder of the innovative string quartet, PUBLIQuartet (PQ), specializing in the performance of new music and improvisation. PQ was the 2017/18 Quartet-In-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and have performed in a diverse range of venues from Carnegie Hall and Wolf Trap to the Detroit Jazz Festival and National Sawdust. Amanda is the Artistic Director of PQ’s composer program, PUBLIQ Access, commissioning new works by emerging composers significantly impacting a new approach to writing for string quartet.

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 serves on faculty at Mannes School of Music and SUNY Purchase, leading courses on career development and a seminar on the history of women in music and has been sought after as a guest speaker on activism through music by TEDx MidAtlantic, Houston Public Media Classical Classroom, and James Madison University.

An advocate for new music, Amanda is a member of Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble of twenty-two musicians dedicated to performing and promoting contemporary music and performs regularly with genre-bending ensemble, Nu Deco, in Miami, FL. She has also performed with International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wordless Music Orchestra, Shattered Glass, and S.E.M. Ensemble as well as with an eclectic mix of artists including L.A. Dance Project, Sigur Rós, jazz saxophonist James Carter, and bass-baritone Davóne Tines.

Amanda initiated the Forward Music Project in 2015 and commissioned seven new works for solo cello and electronics by today’s most forward-thinking composers that explore the female experience and encourage social change 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.

During the 2018-19 season, Amanda will bring Forward Music Project workshops and performances to The Girl Project in Lexington, KY; The Wallis in Los Angeles; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In March 2019 she will premiere In This Skin, six new commissions for the Forward Music Project 2.0 at National Sawdust.

She is a proud player of a cello made by David Wiebe in Woodstock, NY.

 

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Praised for her “delicate and fierce musical approach” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “expert technical work” (The Strad), cellist Amanda Gookin champions the future of music through the creation and bold performance of new works, and a dedication to education, culture, and community engagement.

She is the co-founder of innovative PUBLIQuartet, the 2017/18 quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Amanda is the Artistic Director of PUBLIQuartet’s composer program, PUBLIQ Access, commissioning new works by emerging composers significantly impacting a new approach to writing for string quartet.

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 serves on faculty at Mannes School of Music and SUNY Purchase, leading courses on career development and a seminar on the history of women in music and has been sought after as a guest speaker on activism through music by TEDx MidAtlantic, Houston Public Media Classical Classroom, and James Madison University. An advocate for new music, Amanda is a member of Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble of twenty-two musicians dedicated to performing and promoting contemporary music and performs regularly with genre-bending ensemble, Nu Deco, in Miami, FL.

Amanda initiated the Forward Music Project in 2015 and commissioned seven new works for solo cello and electronics by today’s most forward-thinking composers that explore the female experience and encourage social change 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.
During the 2018-19 season, Amanda will bring Forward Music Project workshops and performances to The Girl Project in Lexington, KY; The Wallis in Los Angeles; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In March 2019 she will premiere In This Skin, six new commissions for the Forward Music Project 2.0 at National Sawdust.

 

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Praised for her “delicate and fierce musical approach” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “expert technical work” (The Strad), cellist Amanda Gookin champions the future of music through the creation and bold performance of new works, and a dedication to education, culture, and community engagement. She is the co-founder of the innovative string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, specializing in the performance of new music and improvisation. She serves on faculty at Mannes School of Music and SUNY Purchase, leading courses on career development and a seminar on the history of women in music. She has been sought after as a guest speaker on activism in music by TEDx MidAtlantic, Houston Public Media Classical Classroom, and James Madison University.

Amanda initiated the Forward Music Project in 2015, commissioning new works for solo cello and electronics by today’s most forward-thinking composers that explore the female experience and encourage social change for women and girls. The Forward Music Project was premiered in March 2017 on the first day of Women's History Month at National Sawdust. During the 2018-19 season, Amanda will bring Forward Music Project workshops and performances to The Girl Project in Lexington, KY; The Wallis in Los Angeles; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

 

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Praised for her “delicate and fierce musical approach” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “expert technical work” (The Strad), cellist Amanda Gookin champions the future of music through the creation and bold performance of new works, and a dedication to education, culture, and community engagement. She is the co-founder of the innovative string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, specializing in the performance of new music and improvisation. She serves on faculty at Mannes School of Music and SUNY Purchase, leading courses on career development and a seminar on the history of women in music. She has been sought after as a guest speaker on activism in music by TEDx MidAtlantic, Houston Public Media Classical Classroom, and James Madison University. Her initiative, the Forward Music Project, commissions new works for solo cello by today’s most forward-thinking composers that explore the female experience and encourage social change for women and girls.

 

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Adventurous cellist Amanda Gookin champions the future of music through bold performances of new works, and a dedication to education, culture, and community engagement. She is the co-founder of the innovative string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, specializing in new music performance and improvisation. Amanda serves on faculty at Mannes School of Music and SUNY Purchase, leading courses on career development and women in music and was a speaker on music and activism at TEDx MidAtlantic. Her initiative, the Forward Music Project, commissions new works for solo cello by today’s forward-thinking composers that explore the female experience and encourage social change for women and girls.

 

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Adventurous cellist Amanda Gookin champions the future of music through bold performances of new works, education, and community engagement. She is the co-founder of string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, specializing in new music performance and improvisation. Amanda serves on faculty at Mannes School of Music and SUNY Purchase and was a speaker at TEDx MidAtlantic. Her intiative, Forward Music Project, commissions new works for solo cello that explore the female experience and encourage social change for women and girls.

 

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Adventurous cellist Amanda Gookin champions the future of music through bold performances of new works, education, and community engagement. She spoke at TEDx MidAtlantic on music and activism, created the Forward Music Project to commission solo works as a platform for women's issues, and is the co-founder of innovative string quartet, PUBLIQuartet.