“His compositions speak with an honest
expression, are well thought out in structure
and compelling arcs of sound. Roydon will
impact contemporary music in Canada.”

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging
Artist Award Citation


Named one of CBC Music’s Top “30 under 30” Canadian Classical Musicians, Dr. Roydon Tse is a multiple award-winning composer and educator based in Toronto. His music has been championed by orchestras and ensembles in 16 countries and he was named the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s RBC NextGen composer for the 2021/22 season.

Upcoming Events

January 14, 2022

Verona String Quartet
Town Hall Seattle
Blank Canvas
Seattle, WA, USA

March 4, 2022

Ensign Symphony & Chorus
Benaroya Hall
Seattle, WA, USA

March 6, 2022

La Musique des Gardiens de la Paix
Conservatoire Regional de Paris
Flow (National Premiere)
Paris, France


  • Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières
    Dec 21 – Excited to announce that the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières in Quebec (CAN) has selected my piece “Toward Light” to be premiered in their 2022/23 season! The piece was selected from a call for scores from Canadian composers, led by Maestro Gilles Bellemare, composer Nicolas Gilbert, and violinist Marie-Josee Arpin.
  • California!
    Oct 19 – I am excited to finally announce that I have been accepted as a composer fellow for the Gabriela Lena Frank Academy of Music! Gabriela is a truly inspiring and visionary composer who spearheaded an independent music academy in Boonville, California that is advocating for important changes in the way classical music operates,Continue reading “California!”
  • Year of the Goat
    Aug 1 – Some people will know that I was born in the year of the goat according to the Chinese Zodiac calendar. I am excited to announce that I will be embarking on a new commission for the Toronto-based PheoNX ensemble – an East/West fusion ensemble founded by Patty Chan and Sanya Eng basedContinue reading “Year of the Goat”
  • To Earth
    Aug 1 – In a previous post, I outlined a few projects that were in progress or were recently completed. I am happy to announce that one such project was just premiered and recorded – “To Earth” – for Bassoon and Piano for the International Double Reed Society’s virtual symposium on July 30. TO EARTHContinue reading “To Earth”


Black Waltz by Roydon Tse displayed intense fragments of gesture exquisitely layered to create a sound world best described as “if Ives went dancing to the waltz,” showing off impeccable control of structure and orchestration.

Kevin Baldwin – I Care if You Listen

Another highlight proved to be the WSO premiere of Roydon Tse’s imaginative Jest…[Roydon] clearly knows how to write a light hearted bon-bon brimming with youthful vitality, underscored by his knack for creating tightly crafted, textural effects

Holly Harries – Winnipeg Free Press

The concert opened with contemporary pieces entitled Three Musings by prodigious Canadian composer Roydon Tse. I was immediately impressed by the delicacy and elegance with which the orchestra handled Tse’s almost Mozartian orchestral transparency.

Sean Farrell – Prince George Citizen


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