Acclaimed by the Vancouver Sun as a composer “glittering with professionalism”, Canadian composer Roydon Tse (b.1991) is passionate about communicating to audiences from all backgrounds with his music.  His recent works take inspiration from architecture, place, and memories, as well as exploring the fusion between Western classical music and traditional Chinese culture.

He has collaborated with ensembles such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nouvelle Generation, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, as well as by chamber ensembles Land’s End Ensemble, Bozzini String Quartet, Delgani String Quartet, Locrian Chamber Players, Ensemble Mise-en, PEP, and the Cecilia String Quartet.  His music has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and RTHK Radio 4, and has been featured in venues such as Melbourne’s Recital Centre, Tokyo’s Musicasa Hall, Shanghai’s Symphony Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Awarded over forty prizes and distinctions for his music, Roydon is the winner of three  SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, the Washington International Composition Competition, Canadian University Music Society Competition for Composers, Sun River Prize International Composition Competition, Land’s End Ensemble’s National Composition Competition, the Canadian Music Center Prairies Emerging Composer Prize, Trio Anima Mundi International Composition Prize, Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Composers Competition, and the Vanguard Voices Choral Composition Competition.  He was nominated for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship by UBC in 2013, and was recently named one of CBC’s Top 30 under 30 Canadian classical Musicians in 2017.

Born in Hong Kong, Roydon is currently a 3rd year D.M.A student in composition at the University of Toronto, and holds degrees from the University of British Columbia (B.Mus) and the University of Toronto (M.Mus).  Before immigrating to Canada in 2007, he spent five years in Eastbourne (U.K.) where he studied piano and violin.  Key to his formation as a composer were studies with Dorothy Chang, Christos Hatzis, Gary Kulesha, Stephen Chatman, John Estacio, and Norbert Palej.  In addition to composition, he is a professional pianist, teacher, and a conductor of new music.  He is currently based in Toronto Canada and is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Center.

Recent News

Review of “Black Waltz” and Recap of the 2018 Winnipeg Symphony New Music Festival

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 …


2017 – 18


Speak, my soul – for alto saxophone and piano
Toronto, Canada 
David Zucchi (sax.) & Adam Sherkin (pno.) – Heliconian Hall
August 31, 2017

Remembrances – for symphony orchestra
St. Catharines, Canada
Niagara Symphony Orchestra
Bradley Thachuk, conductor
September 24, 2017

The Finding – for soprano and piano
Vancouver, Canada
Terence Dawson & Robyn Driedger-Klassen
CMC Murray Adaskin Salon
September 29, 2017

Speak, my soul – for alto saxophone and piano
London, United Kingdom
David Zucchi (sax.) & Carson Becke (pno.) – Royal Overseas League
October 3, 2017

Speak, my soul – for alto saxophone and piano
London, United Kingdom
David Zucchi (sax.) & Mateusz Rettner (pno.) – Regent Hall
October 6, 2017

Clutter – for flute and bass clarinet
Chicago, USA (World Premiere)
Access Contemporary Music – Sedgwick Studios
Gaby Vargas & Nick Mula
October 14, 2017

Three Musings – for chamber orchestra
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Kennett Symphony Orchestra – Unionville High School Auditorium
Michael Hall, conductor
October 14, 2017

Hallelujah (Cohen)arrangement by Roydon Tse
Ismaili Center, Toronto
Barry Shiffman, Joseph Johnson, Yolanda Bruno, Luka Geniusas
October 15, 2017

Remembrances – for symphony orchestra
Guelph, Canada
Guelph Symphony Orchestra – River Run Center
Judith Yan, conductor
October 21, 2017

Radiant Light – for sheng and orchestradownload
Shanghai, China (World Premiere)
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra
Shanghai Symphony Hall
Hua Yifei, sheng soloist
November 12, 2017 

Estatico – for guitar
Toronto, Canada (Canadian Premiere)
Rob MacDonald – Canadian Music Center
November 18, 2017

DMA Recital of Works – Selected Chamber Music
Toronto, Canada
University of Toronto Faculty of Music – Walter Hall
Roydon Tse, conductor
November 23, 2017

Speak, my soul – for alto saxophone and piano
Tokyo, Japan (Asia Premiere)
Azusa Ono, Saxophone – Musicasa Concert Hall
Azusa Ono Debut Recital
December 19, 2017

Black Waltz – for symphony orchestraf4458349-97f0-4435-baf3-7641cf71e44a_114741_CUSTOM
Winnipeg, MB (World Premiere)
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Julian Pelicano, conductor
January 30, 2018 –
more info

Blues n’Grooves – for erhu and piano
Vancouver, Canada
Nicole Li (erhu) & Corey Hamm (pno.) – St. Philip’s Anglican
February 18, 2018

Jest – for symphony orchestra
Toronto, Canada (Canadian Premiere)
Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra – Martingrove Collegiate
Oliver Balaburski, conductor
March 23, 2018

Centennial Fanfare – for concert winds
Calgary, Canada
University of Calgary Symphonic Band – Rozsa Centre
Gareth Jones, conductor
April 3, 2018

Three Musings – for chamber orchestra
Prince George, BC
Prince George Symphony Orchestra
Michael Hall, conductor
April 14, 2018 –
more info

The Stream – for SATB youth chorus
Toronto, Canada (World Premiere)
Central Bucks HS West Choir – Metropolitan United Church
Joseph Orht, conductor
April 14, 2018

Flow – for wind symphony
Montreal, Quebec
National Youth Band of Canada – McGill University
Dr. Wendy McCallum, conductor
May 6-13, 2018

Blues n’Grooves – for erhu and pianoClassicalNext_Logo
Rotterdam, Netherlands (European Premiere)
Nicole Li (erhu) & Corey Hamm (pno.)
De Doelen – Jurriaanse Zaal
May 16-19, 2018

New Work TBA – for erhu, guzheng, Yangqin
Toronto, Canada (World Premiere)
Toronto Chinese Orchestra Members – Alliance Francaise Toronto
Spectrum New Music
June 2, 2018

Memories – for harp and marimbaLogo_Opéra_national_de_Paris
Paris, France
Paris Opera Orchestra Soloists
Amphitheatre Bastille
June 15, 2018more info

Speak, my soul – for alto saxophone and piano
North Carolina, USA
Tyler R. Young – Saxophone
Carthage, Pinehurst, Southern Pines etc.
June 3 – 19, 2018

New Work TBA – for mezzo soprano and piano
Toronto, Canada (World Premiere)
Coming Home Project
July 14, 2018





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