“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 (2017), Dr. Roydon Tse is an award-winning composer, pianist and educator. He holds degrees in composition from the University of British Columbia (B.Mus) and the University of Toronto (M.Mus, D.M.A). His music has been performed and commissioned by major orchestras and ensembles in North America, Europe and Asia. Born in Hong Kong, Roydon studied in the UK and Canada, and currently lives and works in Toronto.
Recent & Upcoming Projects
June 23, 2021
Verona String Quartet
Jonathan Ong, Dorothy Ro, Abigail Rojansky, Jonathan Dormand
(String Quartet No.1 – World Premiere)
Lunenberg Academy of Music
June 29, 2021
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Intimate and Immersive
Gemma New, conductor
Down the Rabbit Hole
3pm, Online Broadcast
March 19-20, 2021
Penn State Symphony Orchestra
Penn State New Music Festival
Gerardo Edelstein, conductor
Down the Rabbit Hole
University Park, PA, USA
- Song Cycle & Tianjin Juilliard EnsembleMarch 1, 2021 – I am excited to announce a new collaboration with the Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble that will culminate in the creation of a song cycle in December this year. Building on my work with iSing! and the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra in 2020, this project is centered on contemporary reflections of Chinese poetry. IContinue reading “Song Cycle & Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble”
- Penn State 2021 New Music FestivalJan 23, 2021 – The Penn State 2021 New Music Festival has selected Down the Rabbit Hole for inclusion in its 2021 Virtual New Music Festival, slated to take place between March 19-20, 2021 in PA USA. The Penn State Symphony Orchestra will give a live-streamed performance of the work under the direction of GerardoContinue reading “Penn State 2021 New Music Festival”
- Musequal Competition & Musica Nova HelsinkiJanuary 15, 2021 – The Musequal Composer Competition 2021 in Finland has selected my work Starscape as one of the finalists in their search for a new composer-in-residence for 2021-2023. The piece will be performed at the Kultuurikeskus Caisa as part of the Musica nova Helsinki Festival (February 9, 6pm UTC+2). The competition will revealContinue reading “Musequal Competition & Musica Nova Helsinki”
- International Double Reed Society 50 for 50 CommissionDec 23, 2020 – I’m very excited to be embarking on a new commission from the International Double Reed Society for a new work as part of their “50 for 50” scheme – a project that celebrates the 50 years of the society with 50 new works for double reeds and piano accompaniment. Congratulations alsoContinue reading “International Double Reed Society 50 for 50 Commission”
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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