B i o g r a p h y
Pianist Woori Kim Smith was born in Busan, South Korea. After graduating summa cum laude from Seoul National University, she earned a Masters of Music and Performer's Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. She completed her education at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, graduating simultaneously with a Doctorate of Musical Arts and an Artist Diploma, studying with James Tocco, and also serving as his assistant.
In 2018, Dr. Kim Smith honored the centennial of Claude Debussy by presented the complete Preludes, Etudes, and Images in a series of recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In addition, she premiered solo works from South Korean composer Yea-Kyung Chung and New York based composer and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Professor Emeritus Joel Hoffman. She also premiered works of Mr. Hoffman at the 2019 Bargemusic Music and Now Series in Brooklyn, New York.
She has performed at numerous international music festivals, including the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Kirishima International Music Festival in Kirishima, Japan. Additionally, she has participated in master classes in Prague, Scotland and Salzburg. She has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, including solo recitals at Steinway Hall in New York City, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) Indianapolis, Western Kentucky University, and Dolby Hall in San Francisco. In 2011, she was the winner of the CCM concerto competition, allowing her to perform Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto with the CCM Philharmonia under the direction of Maestro Mark Gibson. Dr. Kim Smith has performed Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto and 5th Piano Concerto with the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra. She also is an active chamber musician, and performs as part of the piano duo "Les Quatre Mains", with her husband Dr. Curtis Ryan Smith.
Dr. Kim Smith serves as an Associate Professor of Piano at Liberty University's School of Music, while continuing to appear in solo, chamber, and concerto performances. She has given masterclasses at numerous universities, including Western Kentucky University, Metropolitan State University in Denver Colorado and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She is also a frequent adjudicator for both state and national competitions.