At the Detroit Institute of Art in 2005

View a recent performance of Ilhan Mimaroglu's music, with Jim Hamilton, percussion


 “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            


Visit the Video Gallery for a selection of Kathryn's live performances

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.

As an advocate for new music Woodard has worked with such noted composers as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Yehudi Wyner, Ge Gan-ru, Huang Ruo, and Paula Matthusen. She has collaborated with renowned performers, including the Shanghai Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, Min Xiao-Fen, and Jin Hi Kim, and most recently with Qin Qian (erhu), Joseph Tayoun, and Brent Edmondson. 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.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Kathryn Woodard holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and earned a diploma in music pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany.


Kathryn recently joined the Board of the International Alliance for Women in Music to serve 2019-2020.


Join us at the IAWM/FMT joint conference at Berklee College of Music in Boston, June 6-9. Call for proposals has been extended until Jan. 15!


Call for participation is now open for Creative Interactions: Dynamic Processes in Group Music Making, May 30-June 1 in Munich. (Proposal deadline is Jan. 15)


Listen to Kathryn