Biography

Acclaimed by the Vancouver Sun as a composer “glittering with professionalism”, Canadian composer Roydon Tse (b.1991) is passionate about communicating to audiences from all backgrounds with his music.  His recent works take inspiration from architecture, place, and memories, as well as exploring the fusion between Western classical music and traditional Chinese culture.

He has collaborated with ensembles such as the Brussels Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Francophonie, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, as well as by chamber ensembles Land’s End Ensemble, Bozzini String Quartet, Delgani String Quartet, Locrian Chamber Players, Ensemble Mise-en, PEP, and the Cecilia String Quartet.  His music has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and RTHK Radio 4, and has been featured in venues such as Melbourne’s Recital Centre, Tokyo’s Musicasa Hall, Shanghai’s Symphony Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Awarded over forty prizes and distinctions for his music, Roydon is the winner of three  SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, the Washington International Composition Competition, Canadian University Music Society Competition for Composers, Sun River Prize International Composition Competition, Land’s End Ensemble’s National Composition Competition, the Canadian Music Center Prairies Emerging Composer Prize, Trio Anima Mundi International Composition Prize, Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, and the Vanguard Voices Choral Composition Competition.  He was recently named one of CBC’s Top 30 under 30 Canadian classical Musicians in 2017, and is the winner of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award in 2018.

Born in Hong Kong, Roydon is currently completing his D.M.A in composition at the University of Toronto, and holds degrees from the University of British Columbia (B.Mus) and the University of Toronto (M.Mus).  Before immigrating to Canada in 2007, he spent five years in Eastbourne (U.K.) where he studied piano and violin.  Key to his formation as a composer were studies with Dorothy Chang, Christos Hatzis, Gary Kulesha, Stephen Chatman, John Estacio, and Norbert Palej.  In addition to composition, he is a professional pianist, teacher, and a conductor of new music.  He is currently based in Toronto Canada and is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Center.

Recent News

Ontario Arts Council & Interro String Quartet Commissions new work

I am happy to announce that I have been awarded an Ontario Arts Council Music Creation grant to write a new quartet for the lovely Interro String Quartet!  My colleague and violinist extraordinaire Steve Koh approached me with a new idea for this project (details to be announced) and I am so happy to be …

Winner of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected to receive the prestigious Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award!  I am thankful that the LG Arts Awards Foundation has selected me for this incredible honor, and I am humbled to join 9 other incredible Albertan artists for this year’s celebrations!  Below is a …

List of Works


Large Ensemble

Dots and Linesfor symphony orchestra (2018) – 5:00
Radiant Lightfor Sheng and symphony orchestra (2017) – 9:00 *
Black Waltzfor symphony orchestra (2016) – 3:00
Flow for wind symphony (2016) – 10:00*
Genesisfor symphony orchestra (2015) – 12:00
Centennial Fanfarefor wind symphony (2015)3:00*
Sinfonia Concertante – for percussion and symphony orchestra (2014) – 10:00*
Exiled – for symphony orchestra (2013) – 6:00
Toward Light – tone poem for symphony orchestra (2013) – 6:55
Down the Rabbit Hole – for string orchestra (2013) – 7:00
Jest – for symphony orchestra (2011) – 5:09
Three Musings – triptych for chamber orchestra (2010) – 8:50
Laid Back – for chamber orchestra (2010) – 2:00
Remembrances – prelude for symphony orchestra (2008) – 5:45*

Chamber (2-15 players)

Remembering Home – erhu, guzheng, yangqin (2018) – 4:30
Clutter
for flute and bass clarinet (2017)4:00
Forgetting –
for harpsichord, oboe, violin, cello (2017) – 3:00
Metropolis
 –
for string quartet (2017) – 14:00*
Shifting Colors
– for erhu, dizi, pipa, violin, cello, piano (2016) – 3:00*
Interplay
for clarinet and marimba (2016) – 9:00*
Speak, my soul for alto saxophone and piano (2016) – 5:00*
And the Ocean was Gone
for 15 players (2016) – 10:00 *
Dreamzone
for flute, clarinet, violin, piano, bass, tbn. (2016) – 6:00
Breathe
for string quartet (2015) – 12:10
In Suspension
for piano, violin, cello (2015) – 6:00*
Feuillage
– for mixed chamber ensemble/11 players (2014) – 10:00/*
Preludes – for clarinet quartet (2014) – 8:00*
Memories – for harp and marimba (2014) – 7:00
Starscape
 for piano, violin, cello (2014) – 5:00
Blues n’Grooves
– for erhu and piano (2014) – 4:30*
Tempest – for string quartet (2013) – 10:30
Lontano – for piano, violin, cello – (2013) – 7:00
Kinetic Dissonance – for string quartet (2013) – 3:25
Rondo for Flute and Piano Trio – (2012) – 5:45
Perfect Gifts – for violin and piano (2012) – 7:00
A Festive Flourish – for brass quintet (2012) – 3:00*
Force Studies – for violin and cello (2011) – 9:34
Woodwind Quartet No.1 – (2011) – 10:00
Continual Awakening – for trombone Octet (2010) – 5:00

Solo Instrumental

Nocturnal  five movements for piano (2017) – 7:30
Estatico
guitar solo (2015) – 6:00*
Meditation 
guitar solo (2014) – 7:00
Deux Préludes Désespéré 
– violin solo (2013) – 2:00
Circus Variations – piano solo (2011) – 7:36
Moments of Rain – prelude for piano (2009) – 2:32

Choral and Vocal

Searchingfor soprano and piano (2018) 3:00
The Stream
– for SATB Youth Choir (2018) 4:00
Footsteps in Campbell House
chamber opera scene for 6 singers, piano, violin (2014)
The Finding
for soprano and piano (2014) 5:30
A Pure Heart, O God – 
for SATB a cappella choir (2012) 4:00
Glorify! – for SATB Chorus, Brass Quintet, and piano (2011) 4:07
Hope is the Thing with Feathers – for tenor and piano (2010) 3:00

*   Denotes a commissioned work
** Denotes a work in progress

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2018 – 19

August 12, 2018
Chicago, USA (US Premiere)
Frank Gao, solo piano
Thirsty Ears Festival Chicago – ACM
Circus Variations – for solo piano

August 14, 2018
Winnipeg, Canada (Manitoba Premiere)
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra members
Rosamunde Music Festival
Metropolis – for string quartet

September 10, 2018
Chicago, USA
Trevor Patrick (fl.) & Cory Tiffin (clr.)
Access Contemporary Music Chicago
Clutter – for flute and bass clarinet

October 19, 2018
Toronto, Canada
dvsn & Talisa Blackman – Roy Thomson Hall
DVSN live with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Arrangement of Body Smile for piano and voice

November, 2018
San Francisco, USA

San Francisco Boys Chorus & Brass
Ian Robertson, conductor
Glorify! – SATB chorus, brass quintet & piano

November 2, 2018
Montreal, Canada
McGill Wind Orchestra – Pollack Hall
Alain Cazes, conductor
Centennial Fanfare – for concert winds

December 2, 2018
Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver Bach Choir – Orpheum Theatre
Leslie Dala, conductor
Glorify! – for SATB chorus, brass quintet & organ

March 26, 2019
Austin, USA (US Premiere)
Austin Civic Orchestra – University of Texas
Lois Ferrari, conductor
Sinfonia Concertante – for percussion section and orchestra

April 6, 2019
Toronto, Canada (World Premiere)
University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra – MacMillan Theatre
Uri Meyer, conductor
New work – for symphony orchestra

May 30, 2019
Toronto, Canada (World Premiere)
Regent Park School of Music – Ada Slaight Hall
Performers from RPSM
New Works – for voice and piano

 

 

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