I am happy to announce that the Chicago based Emilio Del Rosario Foundation has selected my piano solo work, Circus Variations, as its winner in their inaugural Emerging Composer Competition! The work will be given its US Premiere at the Thirsty Ears Festival in Chicago, USA, on August 12, 2018. More details to come!
The Prince George Symphony Orchestra and its new director Michael Hall recently programmed and performed my triptych for chamber orchestra “Three Musings” in their April 14 concert. The following review came out on the Prince George Citizen regarding the performance:
“The concert opened with a short suite of very accessible, contemporary pieces entitled Three Musings by prodigious Canadian composer Roydon Tse. Even though its first position on the program felt somewhat like a warm-up stretch, I was immediately impressed by the delicacy and elegance with which the orchestra handled Tse’s almost Mozartian orchestral transparency. Already in the first five minutes of the program I had one eyebrow raised. Something sounded and looked different about the PGSO.”
In other news, the performance recording of my new choral work, “The Stream” is now available for listening on Soundcloud! It was recently premiered on April 14 by the Central Bucks West Choir in Toronto’s beautiful Metropolitan United Church, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Ohrt.
And finally, some exciting upcoming performances and premieres of note:
- National Youth Band of Canada directed by Dr. Wendy McCallum performs “Flow”, for large wind symphony. May 13, 2018, Montreal.
- Nicole Li and Corey Hamm of the Piano & Erhu Project takes “Blues n’Grooves” to Europe for the international Classical:NEXT conference. May 18, 2018, Rotterdam Netherlands.
- Spectrum Music Collective presents the world premiere of “Remembering Home” for erhu, yangqin, guzheng, performed by TCO members. June 2, 2018, Toronto.
- Paris Opera Orchestra members Nicolas Lethuillier and David Lootvoet performs “Memories” for harp and marimba at the Amphitheatre Bastille. June 15, 2018, Paris France.
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!
Happy to announce that my piece “Clutter” (2017) for Flute and Bass Clarinet was awarded honorable mention in the International Woodwind Duo Symposium Composition Competition! The piece was recently commissioned and presented by Access Contemporary Music Chicago, and was premiered by Nick Mula and Gaby Vargas in Chicago last year.
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.