Review of “Black Waltz” and Recap of the 2018 Winnipeg Symphony New Music Festival

The 2018 New Music Festival (#wnmf18) ended almost two weeks ago, but the experience of it remains just as fresh.  For more than a week, myself and 6 other emerging composers were welcomed backstage to witness the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra create their renowned annual festival and learnt so much about orchestral music from mentor composers Harry Stafylakis, Samy Moussa, Karen Sunabacka, and Octavio Vazquez.  Only in its 2nd year, the Composers’ Institute offers in my opinion the most comprehensive form of education for aspiring composers anywhere, from masterclasses with mentor composers, private lessons and several panel talks on the business of music, to full access to the new music festival concerts culminating in a live performance of our pieces with the WSO.  Amazing stuff!

Recently, a nice article came out from “I Care if You” about the concert featuring the works of the emerging composers.  Here is what contributor Kevin Balwin wrote about my short piece on the program:

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.

A big thank you to the team behind the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for their substantial investment in the next generation of composers!

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