Music Department
Holloway Hall

Guitar in the Gallery


ChromaDuo are Canadian guitarists Tracy Anne Smith and Rob MacDonald, who focus on the development, creation and performance of outstanding new music by emerging and established composers.

Tracy Anne Smith garners praise for her expressive performances, rich tonal palette and musical control.  Cuban guitarist and conductor Leo Brouwer praised her “polyphonic hands” and “tremendous sound” while American virtuoso Benjamin Verdery commended her “ability to express the emotion of a work to its core.” Her playing has brought her to the concert platform in Germany, England, France, Italy, Spain, the USA, Mexico and her native Canada.  Her debut CD to be released in late 2008 features 20th and 21st century masterpieces, including Lilac.Star.Bird, written for Tracy by Taiwanese composer, Ying-Chen Kao.  Tracy is presently a Doctoral student at the Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Manuel Barrueco. She holds a Master’s Degree from Yale University, studying with Benjamin Verdery; and an Undergraduate Degree from the University of Toronto, studying with Norbert Kraft and Jeffrey McFadden.  

Sincere, bold, and compelling performances of new solo and chamber repertoire are establishing Rob MacDonald’s reputation as one of Canada's most exciting young guitarists.  Solo recitals have taken him to the USA, England, and Italy and he has performed with Soundstreams Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, Madawaska String Quartet, CONTACT Contemporary Ensemble, and Tapestry New Opera.  Rob holds performance degrees from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, as well as Peabody Conservatory, and has studied privately with guitar virtuoso Matteo Mela in Italy.  His debut recording with the Madawaska String Quartet will feature four premieres, and will be released in the fall of 2008.


Here are a few pictures from the performance and Masterclass







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