Acclaimed by the Vancouver Sun as a composer “glittering with professionalism”, Hong Kong-Canadian composer Roydon Tse (b.1991) is passionate about communicating to audiences from all backgrounds with his music. His aptitude for composition was recognized early on by composer John Estacio, who selected Roydon for his first commission with the Edmonton Symphony when he was 16. Since then, he has created an award-winning portfolio of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music.
Roydon’s training in music began on the piano and eventually the violin and percussion. His formative years led him to continue working with instrumentalists, writing several important works for chamber and orchestral ensembles. Much loved by performers and audiences, his pieces have been presented by ensembles such as the Brussels Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Land’s End Ensemble, and the Cecilia String Quartet in recent years. His chamber music is performed frequently and has appeared in venues such as the Melbourne Recital Hall in Australia, Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Awarded over forty prizes and distinctions for his music, Roydon won three prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, the Washington International Composition Competition, Canadian University Music Society Competition for Composers, Sun River Prize International Composition Competition, Land’s End Ensemble’s National Composition Competition, the Canadian Music Center Prairies Emerging Composer Prize, Trio Anima Mundi International Composition Prize, Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, and the Vanguard Voices Choral Composition Competition. He was nominated for the presigious Rhodes Scholarship by UBC in 2013, and was recently named one of “30 under 30 Hot Canadian classical Musicians” by CBC music in 2017.
Born in Hong Kong, Roydon is currently a 3rd year D.M.A student in composition at the University of Toronto, and holds degrees from the University of British Columbia (B.Mus) and the University of Toronto (M.Mus). Before immigrating to Canada in 2007, he spent five years in Eastbourne (U.K.) where he studied piano and violin. Key to his formation as a composer were studies with Dorothy Chang, Christos Hatzis, Gary Kulesha, Stephen Chatman, John Estacio, and Norbert Palej. In addition to composition, he is a professional pianist, educator specializing in aural skills & composition, and a conductor of new music. He is currently based in Toronto Canada.