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D.M.A in Composition – University of Toronto
M.Mus in Composition – University of Toronto
B.Mus in Composition – University of British Columbia
L.R.S.M in Piano Performance – ABRSM U.K.

Biography

Dr. Roydon Tse (b.1991) is an award-winning Canadian-Chinese composer 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 environment. 

Roydon has collaborated with ensembles and musicians across Canada, Europe and Asia, including the Brussels, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Brno Philharmonic Orchestras, the Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Suzhou, Niagara, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, the National Youth Orchestra and Youth Band of Canada, Austin Civic Orchestra, Ensemble Mise-En, Vancouver Bach Choir, China National Orchestra Chorus, Piano and Erhu Project, Locrian Chamber Players, the Cecilia, Delgani and Bozzini String Quartets, and members of the Paris Opera Orchestra.  He was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as their 2020/21 Nextgen Composer and his works have been performed in 15 countries and broadcast across Canada.

Roydon has won several awards, including five SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, the Washington International Composition Prize, CMC Prairies Emerging Composer Prize, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award, and the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Protégé Prize.  He was named to CBC music’s top “30 under 30” Canadian Classical Musicians list and received the Weinzweig Award from the University of Toronto for exceptional potential in composition.

A passionate educator, Roydon has taught composition to students of all levels and lectured at the University of Toronto, East Carolina University, Shanghai Conservatory and the Lunenberg Academy of Music Performance.  As a musical ambassador in the community, he has worked for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Regent Park School of Music, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto, BC’s Health Arts Society and the Canadian Opera Company to mentor and bring music to youth.

Born in Hong Kong, Roydon studied piano and violin in the U.K. as a teenager and earned composition degrees from the University of British Columbia (B.Mus) and the University of Toronto (D.M.A).  He is based in Toronto Canada. His music was created with generous assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the SOCAN Foundation.

Awards

▪ SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, 2nd Prize (Solo & Duet)  
▪ Fondation JM Canada Young Musicians Competition, Artistic Prize          
▪ iSing! International Composition Competition, Grand Prize
▪ Mississauga Symphony Orchestra Composers Competition, 1st Prize  
▪ University of Toronto Faculty of Music Graduating Award
▪ SOCAN Foundation Award for Young Composers, 1st Prize (Vocal)
▪ Johanna Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Prizes, Protégé Prize 
▪ Lyra Harp Society Costello Composition Competition, Winner        
▪ Thailand International Rapee Sagarik Composition Prize, Finalist    
▪ Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award                      
▪ Vancouver Bach Choir Choral Composition Competition, Winner  
▪ Emilio del Rosario Foundation Emerging Composer Competition, Winner          
▪ Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Call for Scores, Winner   
▪ BMI Student Composers Award, Finalist                                
▪ Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composers Competition, 1st Prize    
▪ Warren County School of Music Young Composers Competition, 1st Prize 
▪ Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction (2016)
▪ SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, 1st Prize (Large Ensemble)
▪ SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, 3rd Prize (Solo & Duet)    
▪ Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition, Winner      
▪ Locrian Chamber Players Call for Scores
▪ University of Oklahoma 4×4 Prizes for Composers, Finalist    
▪ Austin Civic Orchestra Composition Competition, 2nd Prize                           
▪ East Carolina University Orchestral Composition Competition, Winner      
▪ University of Toronto String Quartet Composition Competition, Winner                
▪ University of Toronto Friendship Orchestra Composition Competition, Winner  
▪ Washington International Composition Competition, 1st Prize   
▪ Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction (2015)                   
▪ SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, 2nd Prize (Solo & Duet)        
▪ Canadian University Music Society’s Student Composition Prize               
▪ Chengdu International New Music Composition Prize, Finalist           
▪ Land’s End Ensemble National Composer’s Competition, 2nd Prize                
▪ Alberta Arts Graduate Award
▪ Etobicoke Philharmonic Young Composers Competition, 1st Prize                 
▪ Orchestre Nouvellé Générataion Composers Competition, Winner     
▪ Canadian Music Center Prairies’ Emerging Composer Prize            
▪ Mississauga Festival Choir Composition Competition, Winner        
▪ Toronto Symphony Orchestra Call for Scores, Selected Composer               
▪ Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Call for Score, Selected Composer
▪ Trio Anima Mundi International Composition Prize                    
▪ Robert Avalon International Composition Competition, 2nd Prize    
▪ Vanguard Premieres International Composition Competition, Young Composer Prize   
▪ Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers’ Competition, Best of BC Prize      
▪ University of British Columbia Cooke Topping Memorial Medal      
▪ University of British Columbia Wesbrook Scholarship
▪ Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra Composition Competition, Winner         
▪ University of British Columbia Dean’s Prize in Composition
▪ Russell Patrick Arts Undergraduate Research Award, Runner Up
▪ Land’s End Ensemble National Composers’ Competition, Winner      
▪ Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition, 1st Prize     
▪ Edmonton Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts STANTEC Emerging Artist Award 

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