“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.
June 16, 2021
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Gemma New, Conductor
Down the Rabbit Hole
3pm, Online Broadcast
May 30, 2021
Verona String Quartet
Jonathan Ong, Dorothy Ro, Abigail Rojansky, Jonathan Dormand
(New Work Premiere)
Lunenberg Academy of Music
February 26, 2021
Suzhou Symphony Orchestra &
Chinese National Orchestra Chorus
Lin Daye, Conductor
Yellow Crane Tower
- SOCAN Foundation Award for Young Composers 2020Sept 24, 2020 – I am immensely grateful for the continued support of the SOCAN Foundation in my journey as a composer. This year, my work “Release” for harp solo was awarded the 2nd prize in the solo/duet category in their national young composers competition. Many thanks to harpist ElizabethContinue reading “SOCAN Foundation Award for Young Composers 2020”
- Knox Toronto 200th Anniversary CommissionSept 20, 2020 – This year marks the 200th anniversary of Toronto’s iconic Knox Presbyterian Church. To celebrate this momentous occasion, they have commissioned from me a new work for chorus, organ, and brass that celebrates their history and vision as a church that follows Jesus, loves the city, andContinue reading “Knox Toronto 200th Anniversary Commission”
- Verona Quartet and Lunenberg Academy CommissionSept 11, 2020 – I am excited to be embarking on a full-length string quartet for the renowned Verona Quartet! The piece was commissioned by the Lunenberg Academy of Music with generous assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, to be premiered in Nova Scotia in Spring 2021. MoreContinue reading “Verona Quartet and Lunenberg Academy Commission”
- iSing! 2020 Composition CompetitionJuly 15, 2020 – I am happy to announce that my work “Yellow Crane Tower” has won the grand prize from iSing! Composition Competition. The piece is based on a Tang-era poem by Cui Hao, and is scored for tenor, baritone, chorus and orchestra. Congratulations to all the composers! MoreContinue reading “iSing! 2020 Composition Competition”
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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