Roydon Tse, composer

Photo Credit: Taylor Long

Roydon is a composer and educator who seeks to communicate to audiences from all backgrounds, drawing inspiration from the urgent challenges posed by climate change, the complexities of grief, and the ever-evolving cultural tapestry of our dynamic world.  

Roydon’s music—spanning orchestral, chamber, operatic, and electronic mediums—has been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Atlanta Opera, Esprit Orchestra, Verona Quartet, and members of the Paris Opera and La Scala Orchestras. His music has been recognized with seven SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, the Washington International Composition Prize (2015), Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award (2018), Johanna Metcalf Protégé Prize (2019), and the iSing! International Composition Prize (2020).  

From Hong Kong, Roydon graduated from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto in music composition. He was subsequently one of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 2021/22 NextGen composers and the 2023/24 Artist-in-Residence for the Colorado Wind Ensemble. Passionate about reaching the next generation of artists, he serves on the teaching faculties of the Lunenburg Academy of Muisc Performance’s Composition Academy, Community Music Schools of Toronto, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Upcoming Performances:

Aug 31 – Red Cliffs I: Colorado Currents
featuring the world premiere of Roydon’s MMF commissioned work