“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

November 26, 2021

University of Ottawa Symphony
Three Musings
Huguette Labelle Hall
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

November 28, 2021

Verona String Quartet
Lunenburg Academy of Music
Blank Canvas (Premiere)
Live Performance
Lunenburg, Canada

November 11, 2021

SORI Percussion
Revolution (Premiere)
Virtual Performance
Seoul, South Korea


  • 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”
  • SORI Percussion
    July 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”


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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