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 Listen.com” 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!
2018 has been a busy year thus far, and I am pleased to announce that my first work for the year is a piece for advanced SATB Youth Choir titled “The Stream“. The work was commissioned by Dr. Joseph Ohrt for the Central Bucks High School West Choir, whowill perform it (along with a set of commissioned works by Toronto based composer) in Toronto in April. Using the stream as a starting point, I wrote a text that revolved around environmental issues and set that to music. Check out the concert if you’re around!
I am very excited to announce that “Jest” for orchestra has won the Grand Prize in the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual competition for young Canadian composers! The piece will be performed in a concert on their subscription series on March 23, 2018, conducted by Oliver Balaburski. Looking forward to working with the orchestra this coming year!
In January 2018, I will be returning to Winnipeg once more to work with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of my piece, “Black Waltz“. The piece was selected for their 2nd annual composers’ institute, featuring 6 emerging orchestral composers from across Canada! It is an honor to work with the WSO once again, and I am very excited to be part of this particular year’s new music festival because Philip Glass will be there as well! :0 Synonymous with minimalism in music, I never thought I’d meet him in person! Looking forward to finally meeting this living legend of music!!
My commissioned piece “Radiant Light” for sheng and orchestra received a successful premiere with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra on Nov 12, at the Shanghai Symphony Hall. The piece was commissioned by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music for their “Listening to China” project, in which emerging composers from China and around the world were invited to write pieces using traditional Chinese melodies and instruments. Being my first time writing for the Sheng, I was very fortunate to work with soloist Hua Yifei who took my work in stride and gave an extremely committed performance with the orchestra.
It was an amazing cultural and musical experience, being able to visit Shanghai to connect with musicians and composers from China!
For more information on the piece itself, visit this page on my website.