Emmanuel Sánchez, Clarinet
Amanda Zook performs internationally as a soloist and collaborator marked by extraordinary sensitivity and brilliant high-energy performances.
Amanda most recently completed an international tour alongside flutist Darwin Cosme with recitals in New York City, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and Canada. They continue to perform as the Cosme-Zook Duo with invitations to international festivals for the 2017 concert season.
July 2015 marked the debut performance of the Foxglove Duo, "East of the Mississippi: An Exploration of American Music”, a new collaboration between Amanda and soprano Christina Nicastro. She currently performs as a founding member of The Harlow Trio, a woodwind chamber music group formed in 2013 who's repertoire intertwines the sounds of traditional and contemporary classical music.
Miss Zook’s orchestral debut occurred in 2013 as 1st prize winner of William Paterson University’s Annual Concerto Competition. Her prize culminated in a performance of Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto, complimented by a fiery self-composed cadenza. In 2013, Amanda also participated in the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival as a student pianist where she trained with internationally acclaimed faculty and performed throughout New York City.
Miss Zook’s musical studies began in childhood and culminated with her 2014 graduation from William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ) where she studied Classical piano with acclaimed American pianist Gary Kirkpatrick. At William Paterson Ms. Zook performed with a diverse group of students and ensembles including the WPU Flute Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Free Improv Ensemble, and at various masterclasses and studio recitals.
As a budding administrator, Amanda will begin her graduate studies in Performng Arts Administration at New York University (NYU) in 2016. In addition to producing recitals in New Jersey and New York, Amanda has served marketing internships with the cutting-edge music club, Le Poisson Rouge (New York City), and award-winning orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Amanda has also served as Public Relations Coordinator for Opera at Florham, a non-profit, professional opera company based in Madison, New Jersey.