“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.
Featured & Upcoming
November 28, 2021
Verona String Quartet
Lunenburg Academy of Music
Blank Canvas (Premiere)
November 21, 2021
Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble
3rd Tianjin Chamber Music Festival
Variations on Tang Poetry (Premiere)
October 21, 2021
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Intimate & Immersive
Down the Rabbit Hole
- Year of the GoatAug 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 EarthAug 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”
- SORI PercussionJuly 9 – I am happy to announce that the up-and-coming South Korean percussion group, SORI Percussion, has commissioned a percussion quartet to be premiered in Seoul and online in December 2021. This new commission will combine western percussion instruments with the Korean soribuk, a Korean barrel drum used in Korean pansori. Looking forward toContinue reading “SORI Percussion”
- Unrelenting SorrowJun 16 – The Toronto Symphony Orchestra recently announced their 2021/22 season with hopes to return to in-person concerts starting in November. I am excited to announce that my orchestral work, “Unrelenting Sorrow” (TSO Commission/reflection on COVID) will be programmed alongside Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in June 2022, conducted by none other than Music Director GustavoContinue reading “Unrelenting Sorrow”
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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