Biography

Named one of Canada’s “Hot 30 under 30 Canadian Classical Musicians” by the CBC, Dr. Roydon Tse is a composer passionate about communicating to audiences from all backgrounds with his music which combines emotional appeal with compelling arcs of sound (LG Arts Awards). His recent works take inspiration from architecture, place, and memories, as well as exploring the fusion and tension between Western and Eastern culture.

A composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal and operatic works, Roydon’s music has been performed in over 15 countries in major venues in Canada, China, the USA, Japan, Turkey, Italy and Australia. At age 16, his composition journey began when he received a commission from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has developed a passion for orchestral music, working with eminent ensembles across Canada, the USA, Asia and Europe. His music has been performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Niagara Symphony, Victoria Symphony, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie and members of the Paris Opera Orchestra and Teatro alla Scala Orchestra among others. In 2015, he was one of four young composers selected worldwide to work with the Brussels Philharmonic in Belgium as part of the Tactus Composers Forum. In 2017, he was one of six composers to be commissioned by the Shanghai Philharmonic and Shanghai Conservatory of Music, leading to a new Sheng concerto which was premiered by Hua Yifei at Shanghai’s Symphony Hall

His music has been recognized by national and international competitions. Most notably he was the winner of the triennial Washington International Composition Competition in 2015 for his string quartet Tempest, three SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, the CMC Prairies Emerging Composer Prize, Vancouver Bach Choir Composition Prize, Trio Anima Mundi International Composition Prize and the Lyra Costello Harp Composition Competition. He was awarded the Edmonton Mayor’s Stantec Emerging Artist Award in 2009 and In 2018, he was one of 10 artists selected for the biennial Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award for contributions to music in Alberta and across Canada.

A passionate educator, Roydon is active as a teacher in the Greater Toronto Area and works at the Regent Park School of Music and the 88 Keys Music Academy in Richmond Hill teaching piano and composition. He has over six years experience as a teaching assistant at the University of Toronto, teaching courses in Musical Skills (I, II, III), Introduction to Composition, Music Recording and Music for Film. His dedication to students and passion for teaching led to a nomination for the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at the University of Toronto in 2017. He was invited to the Lunenberg Academy of Music Performance in 2019 to teach, lecturing on topics in composition, orchestration and conducting.

Born in Hong Kong, Roydon completed his D.M.A in composition at the University of Toronto in 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Norbert Palej, 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.