“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.
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- TSO Season Finale – ReviewsJune 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”
- Collaboration with the Atlanta OperaApril 12 – It is a huge honor to be working with The Atlanta Opera as part of their 96-Hour opera project! I will be collaborating with New York based librettist Marcus Yi on a 10-minute chamber opera work inspired by stories from Atlanta Georgia, to be performed on June 20, 2022. From the AtlantaContinue reading “Collaboration with the Atlanta Opera”
- Compositions selected for RCM Piano SyllabusMarch 28 – It is an honor to have my complete solo piano repertoire included in the newest edition of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 2022 Piano Syllabus! Updated every seven years, the current syllabus features a comprehensive list of composers, including several living Canadian composers. This year’s revision includes four of my compositions writtenContinue reading “Compositions selected for RCM Piano Syllabus”
- Coups de Vents International Composition CompetitionMarch 18 – I am excited to announce that my wind ensemble work “Flow” was awarded an honorable mention in the Coups de Vents International Composition Competition in Paris, France! Originally scheduled to be held in the Spring of 2021, the competition was postponed several times due to the COVID pandemic. The final was heldContinue reading “Coups de Vents International Composition Competition”
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
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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