“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 currently works in Toronto Canada.
New Release: available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and Naxos
November 15, 2020
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno, Conductor
New work for Orchestra
3pm, Roy Thomson Hall
October 31, 2020
- iSing! 2020 Composition CompetitionJuly 15 – I am happy to announce that my work “Yellow Crane Tower” has won the grand prize from iSing! Composition Competition. The piece is based on a Tang-era poem by Cui Hao, and is scored for tenor, baritone, chorus and orchestra. Congratulations to all the composers! More detailsContinue reading “iSing! 2020 Composition Competition”
- JM Canada Foundation ‘Domicile Adore’ ContestUpdated July 9, 2020 Since live music making is as of yet not an option, many musicians have been collaborating online to create performances in the age of social distancing. I myself am accustomed to writing for live performers, be it soloists or large orchestras. However, I was recently approachedContinue reading “JM Canada Foundation ‘Domicile Adore’ Contest”
- COVID-19As I write this, the world is coming to grips with one of the worst pandemics in the last century. The staggering scale of the pandemic is slowly becoming more apparent day-by-day as we are brought up-to-date through online news and social media. As I watch this unfold everyday, IContinue reading “COVID-19”
- Mississauga Symphony OrchestraI am happy to announce that my new work titled “Vicious Cycles” has won first prize in the Mississauga Symphony‘s 2019/2020 composition competition! The piece was written for the Mississauga Symphony in mind and will be premiered by the MSO and conductor Denis Mastromonaco at the Living Arts Center onContinue reading “Mississauga Symphony 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
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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