Named one of CBC Music’s Top “30 under 30” Canadian Classical Musicians (2017), Dr. Roydon Tse is an award-winning composer and educator based in Toronto. His music has been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic and others across the globe. He is a teaching artist for the Canadian Opera Company and was a 2020-21 NextGen composer with the Toronto Symphony.

Recent & Upcoming

January 7, 2023

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yellow Crane Tower (US Premiere)
Lincoln Center, New York City
Liu Kuokman

April 12, 2023

Esprit Orchestra
Mobilize (Premiere)
TD Music Hall, Toronto
Alex Pauk

May 4, 2023

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Cotton Factory, Hamilton
Gemma New


  • 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”
  • Winter 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 “Winter 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”
  • SOCAN Foundation Awards 2022
    Oct 21 – I am happy to announce that my composition Fantasies on Tang Poetry was awarded a 2nd prize from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers in the choral/vocal category this year! The piece was commissioned by Tianjin Juilliard faculty Katherine Chu for the incredible baritone José Rubio and musicians from the TianjinContinue reading “SOCAN Foundation Awards 2022”


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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