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

Full Bio

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.

Amanda 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, recipient of the 2019 Chamber Music America Visionary Award, and have performed in a diverse range of venues from Carnegie Hall and Wolf Trap to the Detroit Jazz Festival and Lincoln Center. Amanda is the Artistic Director of PQ’s composer program, PUBLIQ Access, commissioning works by up-and-coming composers significantly impacting a new approach to writing for string quartet.

In 2015, Amanda initiated the Forward Music Project to commission 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. FMP was premiered in March 2017 on the opening night of National Sawdust’s Spring Revolution Festival. This season, Amanda is In-Residence at National Sawdust and will premiere five new works for FMP 2.0: in this skin in March 2019. Some of these composers include Paola Prestini, Nathalie Joachim, Jessica Meyer, and Kamala Sankaram to name a few.

A dedicated educator, 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. She has been sought after to speak on activism through music by TEDxMidAtlantic, Houston Public Media Classical Classroom, and I Care If You Listen. This Spring 2019, Amanda will collaborate with New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers and El Puente’s Center for Arts and Culture at National Sawdust and Missy Mazzoli’s Luna Lab at the Kaufman Music Center.

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 Miami-based Nu Deco, an ensemble presenting various styles of music, art, and media collaborations in both traditional and alternative venues. She has 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, Beth Morrison Projects, Sigur Rós, Macy Gray, jazz organist Cory Henry, jazz saxophonist James Carter, and jazz pianist Billy Childs.

Amanda is on the roster of National Sawdust Projects and touring Forward Music Project. Upcoming performances include The Kennedy Center’s Direct Current Festival and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C; The Wallis in Los Angeles, CA;; OK Electric Festival in Tulsa, OK; and Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam, NL.

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

350-Word Bio

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, recipient of the 2019 Chamber Music America Visionary Award, and have performed in a diverse range of venues from Carnegie Hall and Wolf Trap to the Detroit Jazz Festival and Lincoln Center. Amanda is the Artistic Director of PQ’s composer program, PUBLIQ Access, commissioning works by up-and-coming composers significantly impacting a new approach to writing for string quartet.

In 2015, Amanda initiated the Forward Music Project to commission seven new works for solo cello and electronics by today’s most forward-thinking composers that encourage social change for women and girls. Forward Music Project was premiered in March 2017 on the opening night of National Sawdust’s Spring Revolution Festival. Amanda will premiere five new works for FMP 2.0 as part of her artist residency at National Sawdust in March 2019.

A dedicated educator, Amanda gives master classes on improvisation and chamber music throughout the U.S. and 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 to speak on activism through music by TEDxMidAtlantic, Houston Public Media Classical Classroom, and I Care If You Listen. This Spring 2019, Amanda will collaborate with New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers and El Puente’s Center for Arts and Culture and Missy Mazzoli’s Luna Lab at the Kaufman Music Center.

Amanda is currently on the touring roster of National Sawdust Projects. Upcoming performances include The Kennedy Center’s Direct Current Festival in Washington, D.C., The Wallis in Los Angeles; Georgetown University in Washington, D.C; OK Electric Festival in Tulsa, OK; and Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam, NL.

200-Word Bio

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 string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, specializing in the performance of new music and improvisation, and serves on faculty at Mannes School of Music and Purchase College, leading courses on career development and the history of women in music. She has been sought after to speak on activism through music by TEDxMidAtlantic, Houston Public Media Classical Classroom, and I Care If You Listen.

Amanda initiated the Forward Music Project in 2015, commissioning 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. During the 2018-19 season, Amanda will be In-Residence at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY and will bring Forward Music workshops and performances to the Kennedy Center Direct Current Festival in Washington, D.C.; The Wallis in Los Angeles, CA; OK Electric Festival in Tulsa, OK; Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.; and Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam, NL.

150-Word Bio

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 and 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. Amanda has been sought after to speak on activism through music by TEDxMidAtlantic, Houston Public Media Classical Classroom, and I Care If You Listen. 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.

100-Word Bio

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 TEDxMidAtlantic. 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.

50-Word Bio

Adventurous cellist Amanda Gookin champions the future of music through bold performances of new works, education, and community engagement. She spoke at TEDxMidAtlantic 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.