“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 23, 2021
Verona String Quartet
Jonathan Ong, Dorothy Ro, Abigail Rojansky, Jonathan Dormand
(String Quartet No.1 – World Premiere)
Lunenberg Academy of Music
June 16, 2021
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Gemma New, conductor
Down the Rabbit Hole
3pm, Online Broadcast
February 9, 2021
Musica Nova Helsinki Festival
Musequal Composer Competition
Starscape – (European Premiere)
Kulttuurikeskus Caisa, Finland
- Musequal Composer Competition 2021 FinalistJanuary 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, 6pmContinue reading “Musequal Composer Competition 2021 Finalist”
- 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 reedsContinue reading “International Double Reed Society 50 for 50 Commission”
- SOCAN Foundation Professional Development GrantDec 15, 2020 – I am grateful to recently receive a Professional Development Grant from the SOCAN Foundation! Earlier in June, I was a participant in the annual Charlotte Computer Music Workshop, where I had a chance to develop my skills in Max/MSP (a visual programming software for electronic music)Continue reading “SOCAN Foundation Professional Development Grant”
- Commission for Piano PinnacleDec 4, 2020 – As 2020 comes to a close, I am thankful for opportunities to continue working and writing during this year of cancellations and postponements. One such project that will be percolating this year and next is a new work for my friends Iman Habibi and Deborah Grimmett,Continue reading “Commission for Piano Pinnacle”
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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