“Her playing is clear and lucid… She has created a highly personal style…”
“… nothing short of stunning.” -- The Washington Post
“… both a formidable technician and a sensitive artist.”
-- The Dallas Morning News
Kathryn Woodard performs:
Her own Lyric Suite set to images by Robert Motherwell that inspired the piece. (8 min.)
The US premiere of Diary of a Madman by Pavel Kopecky (14 min.)
Theme and Variations by Adnan Saygun (5 min.)
In the Mist, III. movt. by Leos Janacek (2 min.)
Silent Mountain by QU Xiao-song (8 min.)
La Puerta del Vino by Claude Debussy (3 min.)
The following are YouTube links to excerpts from the program The Balkans and Anatolia demonstrating connections and shared influences among composers of the region:
Acclaimed American pianist Kathryn Woodard curates and performs programs that explore cross-cultural exchange in music. Her international performances have taken her to China, Korea, Croatia, Germany, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and most recently Thailand where she was the first to perform the music of Turkish composer Adnan Saygun in that country. In 2001 she was designated an American Cultural Specialist by the U.S. Department of State. In the U.S. she has performed at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
As an advocate for new music Woodard has worked with such noted composers Karlheinz Stockhausen, Yehudi Wyner, Ge Gan-ru, Huang Ruo, and Frederic Rzewski and has performed numerous premieres. She began researching the Turkish composer Adnan Saygun in 1997 and has since introduced numerous audiences to composers from Turkey and across Asia. She founded the initiative Sonic Crossroads with the aim of shedding light on global piano music, and her performances have been featured on the broadcasts Performance Today and The Front Row. She has released an album of solo piano music by Ahmed Adnan Saygun and two albums, Silhouettes and Journeys, that feature both recent and older works from around the globe.
Kathryn Woodard studied piano performance and pedagogy at the Munich Hochschule für Musik and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Banner image is of temple bells at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiangmai, Thailand.