Roydon Tse, composer, Toronto
“His compositions have emotional appeal, speak with an honest expression, are well-thought out in structure and compelling arcs of sound. Roydon will impact contemporary music in Canada.” 2018 Emerging Artist adjudicators
Roydon Tse is an emerging artist with an impressive and widely disseminated body of work, recognition by prestigious organizations and a demonstrated leader on the local, national and international scenes. His portfolio consists of over forty works for a variety of mediums, including music for orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, choir, opera, and electronic media. His works have been recorded and performed by eminent ensembles such as the Brussels Philharmonic, Paris Opera Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Land’s End Ensemble, and the Cecilia String Quartet. Notable career awards include three top prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers; the Canadian Music Center’s Prairies Emerging Composer Prize; Edmonton Mayor’s Stantec Emerging Artist Award; and the Grand Prize from the Washington International Composition Competition. In 2017 he was named as one of CBC Music’s Top 30 under 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians. His long term goal is to establish a career as a freelance orchestral composer in Canada and internationally, and to continue exploring his voice as a composer and work on developing larger scale works for orchestra and chamber ensembles.