Acclaimed by the Vancouver Sun as a composer “glittering with professionalism”, Hong Kong-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.

Roydon’s training in music began on the piano and eventually on the violin and percussion.  His formative years working with instrumentalists led him to specialize in writing works for chamber and orchestral ensembles.  His pieces have been presented and performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, as well as by chamber ensembles Land’s End Ensemble, Bozzini String Quartet, Locrian Chamber Players, Ensemble Mise-en, and the Cecilia String Quartet.  His music has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and RTHK Radio 4, and has been featured in 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 won three prizes from the 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, 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 “30 under 30 Hot Canadian classical Musicians” by CBC music 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, educator specializing in aural skills & composition, and a conductor of new music.  He is currently based in Toronto Canada and is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Center.


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Recent News

“Jest” wins the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Composers Competition

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!  In addition to a cash prize of $2000, the piece will be performed in a concert on their subscription series on March 23, 2018, conducted by Oliver Balaburski.  Looking …

2018 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Composers Institute & Philip Glass

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, …

Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra Premieres “Radiant Light” for Sheng and Orchestra

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 …


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 – FirstOntario Performing Arts Center
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” – Concerto for Sheng and symphony orchestra
Shanghai, China (World Premiere)
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra – Shanghai Symphony Hall
Hua Yifei, sheng soloist
Zhang Liang, conductor
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 orchestra
Winnipeg, MB (World Premiere)
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Centennial Hall
Julian Pelicano, conductor
January 30, 2018 –
more info

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

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

New Work TBA” – for SATB chorus
Toronto, Canada (World Premiere)
Central Bucks HS West Choir – Metropolitan United Church
Joseph Orht, conductor
April 14, 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 marimba
Paris, France
Paris Opera Orchestra Soloists
Amphitheatre Bastille
June 15, 2018more info




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