Amanda Gookin, praised for her "deep, rich tone and a lovely rubato" (SoundWordSite) and "exceptionally evocative form" (The Glass), is a chamber musician, soloist, 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. She gives master classes on improvisation and chamber music throughout the U.S. and is a Teaching Artist in New York City public schools. Amanda 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. Amanda is the Artistic Director of PUBLIQuartet's composers program, PUBLIQ Access, commissioning new works by emerging composers significantly impacting the approach to writing for string quartet. Her latest initiative, the Forward Music Project, commissioned seven new works for solo cello by today’s most forward-thinking composers who encourage social change and empowerment for women and girls. The Forward Music Project will open the "Spring Revolution" festival at National Sawdust on March 1, 2017, the first day of National Women's History Month.