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, Thailand, Germany, Turkey, and Kyrgyzstan. She has served as an American Cultural Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, leading educational initiatives to introduce audiences abroad to new American music. 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.

In 1997 she began researching the Turkish composer Adnan Saygun and has since given numerous performances of solo piano music from Turkey and across Asia. Her recordings have been broadcast widely and select performances have been featured on Performance Today (PRI) and The Front Row (Houston). 

A native of Dallas, Texas, Kathryn Woodard holds the DMA and MM degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and earned an undergraduate diploma in music pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany. As a sought-after educator, Kathryn teaches piano to all ages and enjoys exploring each student's unique interests at the piano.

From the press:

 “Her playing is clear and lucid… She has created a highly personal style…”

-- Fanfare

“… nothing short of stunning.” -- The Washington Post

“… both a formidable technician and a sensitive artist.”

-- The Dallas Morning News   



Demonstrating extended techniques at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston;

At the Detroit Institute of Art in 2005





Watch Kathryn's presentation about her teaching at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford (March 20, 2021)

Kathryn will present a Rhythm Workshop at Art in Motion 2021 (June 4-5) Learn more and register here

Listen to Kathryn's new collaborations with Voices Raising Voices, a project of the Christman Opera Company on the Video Gallery page 

Kathryn teaches several online classes through Sonic Crossroads. Check the listings and other initiatives here 

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