“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.

Recent & Upcoming Projects

Upcoming Events

December 2021

SORI Percussion
New Commissioned Work
for Percussion Quartet
Virtual Premiere
Seoul, South Korea

November 21, 2021

Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble
3rd Tianjin Chamber Music Festival
Variations on Tang Poetry
Live Premiere
Tianjin, China

July 30, 2021

International Double Reed Society
IDRS National Conference
To Earth (IDRS Commission)
Virtual Premiere
Boulder, CO, USA



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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