Painting: See Me

Creating “exquisitely layered soundworlds” and writing music “brimming with youthful vitality” (Winnipeg Free Press)Chinese-Canadian composer Dr. Roydon Tse seeks to communicate to audiences from all backgrounds with music that reflects our lived experiences. 

His music has appeared on the stages of the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Melbourne Recital Hall and been performed by ensembles such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, iSing! Suzhou, Brussels Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, the Atlanta Opera, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Verona Quartet, Brno Philharmonic, City Opera Vancouver, Vancouver Bach Choir, and members of the Paris Opera and La Scala Orchestras. 

A winner of multiple accolades, they include seven SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, the Washington International Composition Prize (2015), Grand Prize from the iSing! Composition Competition, (2020) a Coups de Vents International Composition Prize (2021), Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award (2018), and the Johanna Metcalf Protégé Prize (2019). His career successes led to being named one of CBC Music’s Top “30 under 30” Classical Musicians in 2017. 

Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Tse studied music in England before graduating from the Universities of British Columbia and Toronto (D.M.A) in composition. He was a Toronto Symphony Orchestra NextGen composer for their 2020/21 season and an alumnus of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. Living in Toronto, he is as a teaching artist for the Canadian Opera Company and enjoys playing Blitz chess in his spare time.