June 2011, Ying-Chen Received an honorable mention from the Composition Competition of
Boston GuitarFest VI 2011
for her composition Lilac . Star . Bird.
Read the press release from the Boston GuitarFest
Peabody Magazine, "Finding Their Voice"
by Brett McCabe (arts editor at Baltimore City Paper)
New Album Released:
TRACY ANNE SMITH: Lilac.Star.Bird
"The title of the CD comes from the three-movement work of Ying-Chen Kao (born 1981). The style of the music is one of almost beautiful-sounding dissonance. Its high-roving melodies reminded me of the Hans Werner Henze Three Fragments in style... This is no doubt a major work that demands attention."
- Chris Dumigan,
Britain's Classical Guitar Magazine August 2010
Minor 7th: Reviewing the best
in non-mainstream acoustic guitar music
Tracy Anne Smith, "Lilac.Star.Bird," 2009