Pianist Woori Kim Smith is a native of Busan, South Korea. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Seoul National University, she earned a Master 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 Doctor of Musical Arts and an Artist Diploma. During this time, she studied with James Tocco, also serving as his assistant.
She has performed in 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 in Carnegie Hall in New York City, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), 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 Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Mark Gibson. Dr. Smith has performed Beethoven's Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos with the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra. She is also an active chamber musician and performs as part of the piano duo "Les Quatre Mains” with her husband Dr. Curtis Ryan Smith.
In addition to her teaching, she continues to appear in solo, chamber, and concerto performances. She has given master classes 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 state and national competitions.
Dr. Smith serves as an Assistant Professor of Piano in the Liberty University School of Music. Dr. Smith and her husband, Dr. Curtis Ryan Smith, reside together in Forest, Va.