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Full Biography

Named one of CBC’s Top “30 under 30” Canadian Classical Musicians in 2017, Dr. Roydon Tse is an award-winning Canadian-Chinese composer, pianist and educator.  He is passionate about communicating to audiences from all backgrounds and his works for orchestra, chamber and vocal forces are inspired by the fusion of Eastern and Western elements, the visual arts and the ongoing environmental crisis.

Roydon has collaborated with members of the Opéra National de Paris and La Scala Orchestras; the Brussels Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Brno Philharmonic, Locrian Chamber Players, Ensemble Mise-En, Vancouver Bach Choir, Piano & Erhu Project, and the Cecilia, Interro, Delgani and Bozzini String Quartets among others. He is a NextGen Composer for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for their 2020/21 season.

Critically acclaimed for its optimism, vitality and exquisitely layered gestures (I Care if You Listen), his compositions have won over forty awards and nominations.  He has won four SOCAN Foundation Awards for Canadian composers, the University of Toronto Graduating Award, Washington International Composition Competition, and was one of four selected composers for the [Tactus] International Composers Forum in Brussels in 2015.  He was recently awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Prize and the Johanna Metcalf Foundation Protégé Prize for outstanding achievement in the arts in Canada.

As an educator, Roydon is passionate about helping students think, create, collaborate and discover. He has been invited to lecture at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, East Carolina University and the Lunenberg Composition Academy to advanced composition students.  He is currently a 2019/2020 lead teaching artist for the Canadian Opera Company’s After School Program and is on faculty for the Regent Park School of Music, teaching music to kids from low-income families around the GTA.

Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Tse began his composition studies in the UK and earned composition degrees from the University of British Columbia (B.Mus) and the University of Toronto (M.Mus & D.M.A).  He has studied with composers Norbert Palej, Christos Hatzis, Gary Kulesha, Dorothy Chang, and John Estacio.  As a pianist, he holds a Licentiate in performance from the Royal Schools of Music, UK. He currently teaches, composes and works in Toronto Canada.