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

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 …

“Dots and Lines” for L’Orchestre De La Francophonie

I am currently writing a new work for the l’Orchestre de la Francophonie and conductor Simon Rivard that will receive a Premiere at the Société des arts technologiques in Montreal on June 18!  This new 5 minute work will be part of a larger concert, featuring music by Linda Bouchard, Simon Bertrand, Gabriel Prokofiev, and three …


2017 – 18


August 31, 2017
Toronto, Canada 
David Zucchi (sax.) & Adam Sherkin (pno.) – Heliconian Hall
Speak, my soul – for alto saxophone and piano

September 13, 2017
Toronto, Canada
Kris Magnuson’s DMA Recital – Victoria Chapel
Roydon Tse, conductor
The Wall of Years – for chamber ensemble

September 24, 2017
St. Catharines, Canada
Niagara Symphony Orchestra – Partridge Hall
Bradley Thachuk, conductor
Remembrances – for symphony orchestra

September 29, 2017
Vancouver, Canada
Terence Dawson & Robyn Driedger-Klassen – CMC Hub
The Finding – for soprano and piano

October 3, 2017
London, United Kingdom
David Zucchi (sax.) & Carson Becke (pno.) – Royal Overseas League
Speak, my soul – for alto saxophone and piano

October 6, 2017
London, United Kingdom
David Zucchi (sax.) & Mateusz Rettner (pno.) – Regent Hall
Speak, my soul – for alto saxophone and piano

October 14, 2017
Chicago, USA (World Premiere)
Gaby Vargas & Nick Mula  – Sedgwick Studios
Clutter – for flute and bass clarinet

October 14, 2017
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Kennett Symphony Orchestra – Unionville High School
Michael Hall, conductor
Three Musings – for chamber orchestra

October 15, 2017
Toronto, Canada
Barry Shiffman, Joseph Johnson, Yolanda Bruno, Luka Geniusas
Hallelujah (Cohen) –
arrangement by Roydon Tse

October 21, 2017
Guelph, Canada
Guelph Symphony Orchestra – River Run Center
Judith Yan, conductor
Remembrances – for symphony orchestra

November 12, 2017
Shanghai, China (World Premiere)
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra – Zhang Liang, conductor
Hua Yifei, sheng soloist – Shanghai Symphony Hall
Radiant Light – for sheng and orchestra

November 18, 2017
Toronto, Canada (Canadian Premiere)
Rob MacDonald – Canadian Music Center
Estatico – for guitar

November 23, 2017
Toronto, Canada
University of Toronto Faculty of Music – Walter Hall
Roydon Tse, conductor
DMA Recital of Works – Chamber Music

December 19, 2017
Tokyo, Japan (Asia Premiere)
Azusa Ono, Saxophone – Musicasa Concert Hall
Speak, my soul – for alto saxophone and piano

January 30, 2018
Winnipeg, MB (World Premiere)
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Centennial Hall
Julian Pelicano, conductor
Black Waltz – for symphony orchestra

February 18, 2018
Vancouver, Canada
Nicole Li (erhu) & Corey Hamm (pno.) – St. Philip’s Anglican
Blues n’Grooves – for erhu and piano

March 23, 2018
Toronto, Canada (Canadian Premiere)
Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra – Martingrove Collegiate
Oliver Balaburski, conductor
Jest – for symphony orchestra

April 3, 2018
Calgary, Canada
University of Calgary Symphonic Band – Rozsa Centre
Gareth Jones, conductor
Centennial Fanfare – for concert winds

April 12, 2018
Lethbridge, Canada
University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra – University Theatre
Chee Meng Low, conductor
Centennial Fanfare – for concert winds

April 13, 2018
Cleveland, USA (World Premiere)
Central Bucks HS West Choir – Cleveland Metroparks
Dr. Joseph Orht, conductor
The Stream – for SATB youth chorus

April 14, 2018
Prince George, BC
Prince George Symphony Orchestra – Vanier Hall
Joel Strobbe, conductor
Three Musings – for chamber orchestra

April 14, 2018
Toronto, Canada 
Central Bucks HS West Choir – Metropolitan United Church
Dr. Joseph Orht, conductor
The Stream – for SATB youth chorus

May 11-13, 2018
Montreal, Quebec
National Youth Band of Canada – McGill University
Dr. Wendy McCallum, conductor
Flow – for wind symphony

ClassicalNext_LogoMay 18, 2018
Rotterdam, Netherlands (European Premiere)
Nicole Li (erhu) & Corey Hamm (pno.)
De Doelen – Eduard Flipse Zaal
Blues n’Grooves – for erhu and piano

June 2, 2018
Toronto, Canada (World Premiere)
Toronto Chinese Orchestra Members – Alliance Francaise Toronto
Presented by Spectrum Music
Remembering Home – for erhu, guzheng, Yangqin

June 15, 2018more info
Paris, France
Paris Opera Orchestra Soloists – Amphitheatre Bastille
Memories – for harp and marimba

June 18, 2018
Montreal, Canada (World Premiere)
l’Orchestre de la Francophonie – SAT
Jean-Philippe Tremblay, conductor
New Work – for symphony orchestra

June 3 – 19, 2018
North Carolina, USA
Tyler R. Young – Carthage, Pinehurst, Southern Pines etc.
Speak, my soul – for alto saxophone and piano

June 25, 2018
Maryland, USA
Jeffrey Leung – Frederick Presbyterian Church
Maryland Wind Festival
Speak, my soul – for alto saxophone and piano

July 14, 2018
Toronto, Canada (World Premiere)
Shannon Halliwell-Macdonald (mezzo), Edgar Suski (piano)
Nightwood Theatre Toronto
Searching – for mezzo soprano and piano

July 15, 2018
London, Canada
Shannon Halliwell-Macdonald (mezzo), Edgar Suski (piano)
Von Kunster Hall, UWO
Searching – for mezzo soprano and piano

August 12, 2018
Chicago, USA (US Premiere)
Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation Performers
Thirsty Ears Festival Chicago
Circus Variations – for solo piano

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




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