Named one of CBC Music’s Top “30 under 30” Canadian Classical Musicians (2017), Dr. Roydon Tse is an award-winning composer and educator based in Toronto. His music has been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic and others across the globe. He is a teaching artist for the Canadian Opera Company and was a 2020-21 NextGen composer with the Toronto Symphony.

Recent Events

January 6, 2023

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yellow Crane Tower
Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall
Liu Kuokman

January 7, 2023

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yellow Crane Tower
Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall
Liu Kuokman

May 21, 2023

Orch. Symphonique de Trois-Rivieres
Toward Light
Salle J. Antonio-Thompson
Jacques Lacombe


  • iSing! & the Philadelphia Orchestra
    Dec 05 – I couldn’t be more excited to share that on January 6 & 7, 2023, a cast of veritable singers from the iSing! Festival including tenor Thomas Glenn, Baritone Valdis Jansons, and the Philadelphia Orchestra will come together to give the US premiere of “Yellow Crane Tower“, a composition for SATB chorus, soloistsContinue reading “iSing! & the Philadelphia Orchestra”
  • SOCAN Foundation Awards 2022
    Oct 21 – I am happy to announce that my composition Fantasies on Tang Poetry was awarded a 2nd prize from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers in the choral/vocal category this year! The piece was commissioned by Tianjin Juilliard faculty Katherine Chu for the incredible baritone José Rubio and musicians from the TianjinContinue reading “SOCAN Foundation Awards 2022”
  • July-August 2022 News
    Aug 4 – We are already halfway through summer and I hope everyone is enjoying this season so far! Summer for me has been incredibly busy with many projects in the works. Instead of writing a separate post for each, here is the cliff notes version of all the happenings to-date: Composition Competition NewsMy workContinue reading “July-August 2022 News”
  • TSO Season Finale – Reviews
    June 25 – The last week has been a whirlwind of activity, and I am just getting around to updating the website with some posts. First of all, my heartfelt thanks to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gustavo Gimeno for the committed performance of Unrelenting Sorrow, a TSO commissioned work for 2020 which wasContinue reading “TSO Season Finale – Reviews”


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 Harris – Winnipeg Free Press

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


Looking to collaborate or purchase scores?
Get in touch via the form below for more information.