Acclaimed American pianist Kathryn Woodard has performed numerous premieres and collaborated with several composers including Allen Otte, Paula Matthusen and Ge Gan-ru. Her international performances have taken her to China, Korea, Croatia, Thailand, Germany, and Turkey. She has also served as an American Cultural Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, leading educational initiatives in Kyrgyzstan to introduce audiences 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 Ahmed 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. After holding academic appointments at CUNY Hunter College and Texas A&M University, she now focuses on pedagogical initiatives that reach piano students of all ages, including publications of the music she has researched. Visit to learn more. 

Kathryn is also active as a composer with numerous piano works for all levels. Listen to a recent Impromptu below and preview other works on the Compositions page.




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   








~Kathryn will be featured performing her own music to accompany dance by Beth Soll & Company at the Greenwich House Senior Center on June 30 and at the Martha Graham Dance Company, September 24 

~New videos of piano works by Kathryn are on the compositions page

~Listen to Victory March by Leyla Saz and arranged for concert band by Kathryn at And We Were Heard...



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