Acclaimed by the Vancouver Sun as a composer “glittering with professionalism”, Canadian composer Roydon Tse (b.1991) is renowned for writing music that communicates to audiences from all backgrounds. He received his first professional commission from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra when he was 16 under the ESO Young Composers’ Project, and he has since embarked on an exciting journey in the world of music composition.
Roydon has composed for a broad range of instruments, from full orchestra to a trio of chopstick wielding percussionists. Performers of his music include the Brussels Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Members of Symphony Nova Scotia, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Orchestre Nouvelle Generation, Land’s End Ensemble, Locrian Chamber Players (US), Ensemble Mise-en, Trio Anima Mundi (Australia), Vanguard Voices (US), University of Toronto Opera, pianists Corey Hamm and Mary Wu, cellist Elena Cheah, flautist Bob Aitken, Nicole Li, and the Bozzini, Delgani, and Cecilia String Quartets. Projects in the 2016/17 season include new pieces for the University of Toronto Wind Symphony, Delgani String Quartet, Tafelmusik, and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.
An award-winning composer, Roydon has won three prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes), the Washington International Composition Competition (1st prize, 2015), Canadian University Music Society Competition for Composers (1st prize, 2015), ISCM Sun River Prize International Competition (2015), Land’s End Chamber Ensemble National Competition (1st & 2nd prizes), Canadian Music Center Prairies Emerging Composer Prize (1st prize, 2013), Trio Anima Mundi International Composition Competition(1st prize, 2013), and the Vanguard Voices Choral Composition Competition (1st prize, 2012). He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2015 when the Sunrise String Quartet performed “Tempest” at the Terrace Theatre.
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 his early years in Eastbourne (U.K.) where he studied piano and violin. Key to his formation were studies with composers Dorothy Chang, Christos Hatzis, Gary Kulesha, Stephen Chatman, John Estacio, and Norbert Palej. In addition to composition, he is a professional pianist with a Licentiate in Performance from the Royal Schools of Music (U.K.).
Roydon is currently based in Toronto, where he is an associate member of SOCAN, SCI, the Canadian League of Composers, and the Canadian Music Center.