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D.M.A & M.Mus in Composition – University of Toronto
B.Mus in Composition – University of British Columbia (2013)

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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.  Recent and upcoming projects include a new works for conductor Gustavo Gimeno and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (2020), a multi-tracked cello octet for Noemie Raymond-Friset, and a full-length string quartet for the Verona Quartet (2021).

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 and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, the members of La Scala and Paris Opera Orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Mise-En, the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Cecilia, Delgani and Bozzini String Quartets, and many others.  His works have been performed in 15 countries in venues such as Melbourne’s Recital Hall, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Schonbrunn Palace, and the Kennedy Center.

Roydon is the recipient of several accolades and honors.  He is a four-time winner of Canada’s 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 one of CBC music’s top “30 under 30” Canadian Classical Musicians in 2017 and received the John Weinzweig Graduating Award from the University of Toronto in 2019 for exceptional potential for accomplishment in the field.

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.  An ambassador for classical music, 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 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.

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