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 commissioned & performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, & members of the Paris Opera and La Scala Orchestras, among others.

He is currently a 2023/24 Artist-in-Residence with the Colorado Wind Ensemble and was a 2021/22 Nextgen Composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Roydon teaches for the Canadian Opera Company and is a resident faculty for the Lunenburg Academy of Music Composition Program in 2023.

Recent & Upcoming

May 21, 2023

O. Symphonique de Trois-Rivieres
Toward Light – Orchestra
Salle J.-Antonio-Thompson
Jacques Lacombe, Conductor

June 21, 2023

Verona Quartet
Blank Canvas
Lunenburg Academy of Music
2023 NOW Festival Series

September 16, 2023

Colorado Wind Ensemble
Centennial Fanfare
King Center Recital Hall
David Kish, Conductor


  • March – April 2023 News
    April 2023 – Signs of winter are beginning to abate in Toronto as the snow melts to reveal the grey and green hues of the city. It has been another busy and productive few months with some exciting projects, performances, and news to announce. Colorado Wind Ensemble Artist-in-Residence I am excited to announce that IContinue reading “March – April 2023 News”
  • New Premieres & Videos
    March 2 – Happy Thursday! I am pleased to share two new videos of premieres that happened recently. Coincidentally, both are works involving voice and poetry! The first is a song cycle commissioned by my friend Jialiang Zhu for soprano and piano, titled Clouds are the Language of the Sky which sets beautiful poetry byContinue reading “New Premieres & Videos”
  • Jan – Feb 2023 News
    Feb 16 – The new year has been off to a great start with performances and exciting news! Here is a roundup of some of the highlights thus far: The Philadelphia Orchestra and iSing! One of the highlights thus far were two performances of Yellow Crane Tower with the Philadelphia Orchestra and iSing! Suzhou atContinue reading “Jan – Feb 2023 News”
  • 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”


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


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