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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

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 major ensembles across Canada, Europe and Asia, including the Brussels, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Brno Philharmonic Orchestras, the Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Victoria, Niagara and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, members of La Scala and Paris Opera Orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra and Youth Band of Canada, Tafelmusik, Ensemble Mise-En, Vancouver Bach Choir, Piano and Erhu Project, Locrian Chamber Players, the Cecilia, Delgani and Bozzini String Quartets, and many others.  His works have been performed in 15 countries and broadcast across Canada.

Roydon has won several awards for composition, notably four SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, the Washington International Composition Prize, the Prairies Emerging Composer Prize from the Canadian Music Center, the 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 and received the coveted 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.  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 bring music to youth.

Born in Hong Kong, Roydon studied piano and violin in the U.K. 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.

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