Kathryn Woodard

director

biography

Pianist Kathryn Woodard curates and performs programs that explore cross-cultural exchange in music. Her performances have taken her recently to China, Korea, Croatia, Germany, Turkey, and the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan where she was the first pianist to perform the music of Henry Cowell, John Cage and Frederic Rzewski in that country. She has collaborated with institutions such as the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Asia Society Texas, and the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution to offer concerts in conjunction with art exhibits, gallery openings and symposia. In 2005 Woodard launched a music initiative, Sonic Crossroads, to explore processes of musical exchange around the globe through concerts, residencies and recording projects. Visit soniccrossroads.com for more on this initiative.

As an advocate for new music Woodard has worked with such noted composers Karlheinz Stockhausen, Yehudi Wyner, Ge Gan-ru, and Huang Ruo. She has collaborated with prominent artists including Min Xiao-Fen, Paula Matthusen, and Brooklyn Rider and has been featured on the broadcasts Performance Today and The Front Row. Her recording of Four Studies of Peking Opera by Ge Gan-ru with the Shanghai Quartet was released on New Albion Records. Two albums, Silhouettes and Journeys on the Sonic Crossroads label, feature music from around the globe that she has collected and performed over the past 10 years. Her latest album on Albany Records features the music of Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun whose music she has also researched extensively.

Kathryn Woodard approaches the study of piano music from a global perspective, and her research explores aspects of postmodern pianism. She has published in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, British Journal of Music Education and has an essay on the music of Frederic Rzewski in the edited volume Sonic Mediations. A central focus of her scholarly work has been the music of Adnan Saygun, and her studies led her to serve as Turkish music consultant for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. Woodard has performed Saygun’s music throughout the U.S. and was featured on concerts in Turkey celebrating the composer’s centenary in 2007.

participating in

  • Classical:NEXT 2013
  • Classical:NEXT 2012