Dr. Roydon Tse (b.1991) is an award-winning composer, pianist, and educator based in Toronto. Passionate about communicating to audiences from all backgrounds, his works are influenced by a range of topics, from the fusion of Eastern and Western traditions, the global climate crisis, to psychology, places of being, and loss.
Notable collaborators include the Brussels, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Brno Philharmonic Orchestras; the Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Suzhou, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, the National Youth Orchestra & Youth Band of Canada, Tafelmusik, Ensemble Mise-En, Vancouver Bach Choir, China National Orchestra Chorus, Piano and Erhu Project, Locrian Chamber Players, the Cecilia, Verona, and Bozzini String Quartets, and members of the Paris Opera and Teatro alla Scala Orchestras. His works have been performed in 15 countries and broadcast across Canada. He was selected as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s NextGen Composer for the 2020/21 season.
Roydon has won several awards for composition, including five SOCAN Foundation Prizes for Young Composers, the Washington International Composition Prize, CMC Prairies Emerging Composer Prize, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award, Trio Anima Mundi International Composition Prize, and Metcalf Performing Arts Protégé Prize. He was named to CBC Music’s Top “30 under 30” Canadian Classical Musicians and received the Weinzweig Award from the University of Toronto for exceptional potential in the field of composition.
Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Tse studied in the U.K. before earning degrees in composition at the University of British Columbia (B.Mus, 2013) and the University of Toronto (M.Mus 2015, D.M.A, 2019). Roydon is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Center and currently serves on the faculties of the Regent Park School of Music and Canadian Opera Company After School Opera