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Amy as Educator:

“Amy is someone who is able to draw a very diverse public into the world of contemporary music and creative process She is equally adept at engaging an audience at a small festival in rural Washington State, young impressionable students at Cornish, and the sophisticated audience at Benaroya Hall. She has a knack for creative interactive situations with an audience, involving them in the creative process with enthusiasm, verve and spirit.”

Paul Taub, Flutist & Executive Director, Seattle Chamber Players

“Ms. Rubin has contributed to the development of contemporary interculturalism as composer, performer, theorist. She is an outstanding musician and has mastered the techniques for successful intercultural composition. Her presentations are lucid, authoritative, eloquent and superbly organized. The recital she gave in NYC in which she included music by African composers was ground breaking.”

Dr. Akin Euba, Nigerian composer and ethnomusicologist, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh

“Ms. Rubin is a consummate musician who lives and breathes music without borders or subdivisions. Her music is direct, expressive and she moves seamlessly between jazz, classical and world music. She is an impressive, articulate speaker with important insights to share.”

Ralph Jackson, Assistant Vice President of Classical Music, BMI

“Ms. Rubin developed working relationships with Ghana’s National Film and Television Institute, GBC TV and the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana. She gave generously of her time and energy and as a talented musician and teacher was an outstanding representative of her country.”

Kenneth L. Brown, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana

“Her own musicianship is superb: as a result she is quite innovative in her approach to teaching.“

Professor Sheila Silver, State University of NY, Stony Brook

“When we were faculty members at the international European Mozart Academy in Poland, Amy’s classes in Hearing Beyond the Boundaries of Style opened the students up to new ways of hearing and to hearing different kinds of music. She had classical violinists from Russia and Korea performing and analyzing folk music from Africa, Appalachia, and was able not only to teach the music, but help the students gain an understanding of the differences in their respective cultures. It was an exhilarating learning experience for all.”

Matt Sullivan, oboist, Buffet Crampon Artist, Visiting Associate Prof. at Princeton University

“Amy is a dedicated musician, composer, pianist, performer, collaborator and educator with many impressive professional national and international credits. She has been one of the leading proponents for new music in the Seattle community, and has led by example.”

Alastair Willis, former assistant conductor for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

“Amy is an engaging educator, performer and composer. She is articulate and enables the listener and the learner to enter the music with simple profundity. She is able to present insights to the audience and to bring people of varying skill levels to a very special relationship with her musical statements. She has a deep understanding of the expression of art music and its role in the transmission of history and culture.“

Patricia Costa Kim, Ph.D. Seattle Symphony Director of Education and Community Programs

“As a consultant, Ms. Rubin shared a wealth of innovative ideas and approaches for presenting music education to young students. In addition Ms. Rubin presented a lecture for our Educate Your Ear adult lecture series titled, “Transforming the Familiar into a New Shape and Sound.” She clearly possesses an in-depth knowledge of cultural influences on music and provided great examples. Attendees rated her lecture as “exceptional” and expressed a strong desire to hear her lecture again.”

Tracy Moore , Operations, Education and Outreach Manager, Seattle Chamber Music Society

 

Amy as composer:

“Her writing is versatile, has wide appeal with rhythmic punctuation of Latin American and African music along with melodic expression ranging between introspection and bursting with joy. Her harmonic language is sprinkled with quirkiness that delights and surprises the ears.”

Laura DeLuca, clarinetist, Seattle Chamber Players & Seattle Symphony Orchestra

“Her compositions lie outside the boundaries of academic propriety.”

Faculty evaluators from State University of NY at Stony Brook

“The complex soul of this artist is perhaps best reflected in her compositions. What she puts on a page is not contrived but authentic. Often employing an improvisational style, her music touched me in many ways, from feelings of exuberance to unspeakable grief. One cannot sit and listen passively. Fire is the term I always use when I talk about Amy’s performing. She draws the listener into community with her.”

Dent Davidson, Director of Liturgical Arts, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina, Washington

“Ms. Rubin has contributed to the development of contemporary interculturalism as composer, performer, theorist. She is an outstanding musician and has mastered the techniques for successful intercultural composition.”

Dr. Akin Euba, Nigerian composer and ethnomusicologist, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh

“Ms. Rubin is a consummate musician who lives and breathes music without borders or subdivisions. Her music is direct, expressive and she moves seamlessly between jazz, classical and world music.”

Ralph Jackson, Assistant Vice President of Classical Music, BMI

“Her music is energetic, gripping and colorful.”

Dr, Chen Yi , Distinguished Professor in Composition, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory

“Amy is a fine composer and all-round musician whose work demonstrates flawless craft and an impressive command of material. Her pieces are engaging and reflect her deep understanding not only of the Western classical tradition but also of American jazz, Brazilian folk music, and African idioms which lend an international flavor and a real depth to her work. She is also a fine pianist who plays with an impassioned commitment; beneath the easy-going surface of her pianism lies the thoughtful concerns of a deeply understanding and talented musician."

Jonathan Kramer, (now deceased) Professor of Music, Columbia University

“Amy’s abilities are exceptional. Her music is luminous, full of rhythmic energy and vitality, using technical skill to create lovely, infectious works which serve the grand purpose of sincere musical expression. Quite frankly, I believe her to be one of the greatest composers in America."

Prof. John Hilliard, Chair of Contemporary Music Festival, School of Music, James Madison University

“Her music is original and engaging and it reflects her own background-- a highly trained ‘classical’ pianist and composer who is fascinated with popular and ethnic musics of all kinds; this has resulted in a unique and original voice."

Professor Sheila Silver, State University of NY, Stony Brook

“Amy Rubin’s music creates synergy as she integrates stylistic mediums from different periods and modalities--- classical, jazz, rock, fusion. She respectfully presents the voices of the past in the sounds of the present as we move towards the future. Her compositions contribute to the great musical conversation as a evolving sound of our American artistic identity.”

 

Amy as pianist:

Patricia Costa Kim, Ph.D. Seattle Symphony Director of Education and Community Programs

“Amy is a brilliant pianist! Her transcriptions and concept of my music bring me a big excitement.”

Egberto Gismonti, composer/pianist/guitarist

“As you should know, I am a big fan. I love your playing. I love to follow your music. I have "saudades" (longing, nostalgia) from your playing. Um abraço, Egberto” (email from Egberto to Amy)

Asociacion Dominicana de Academicos Fulbright

“Your piano concert, “Music from Jazz Sources” touched every one who had the opportunity to hear your brilliant interpretations of the American composer George Gershwin and the Brazilian Egberto Gismonti. Your own compositions reflected your inner strength, pervasive feelings and your love of beauty and human kind. We hope you many continue to spread world understanding through the international language of music."