Acclaimed by the Vancouver Sun as a composer “glittering with professionalism”, Hong Kong-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.
Roydon’s training in music began on the piano and eventually on the violin and percussion. His formative years working with instrumentalists led him to specialize in writing works for chamber and orchestral ensembles. His pieces have been presented and performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, as well as by chamber ensembles Land’s End Ensemble, Bozzini String Quartet, Locrian Chamber Players, Ensemble Mise-en, and the Cecilia String Quartet. His music has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and RTHK Radio 4, and has been featured in 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 won three prizes from the 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 nominated for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship by UBC in 2013, and was recently named one of “30 under 30 Hot Canadian classical Musicians” by CBC music in 2017.
Born in Hong Kong, Roydon is currently a 3rd year D.M.A student 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, educator specializing in aural skills & composition, and a conductor of new music. He is currently based in Toronto Canada and is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Center.