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Admired for his compositions “glittering with professionalism” (Vancouver Sun), Composer Roydon Tse (b.1991) is passionate about communicating to audiences from all backgrounds with his music, from the first time listener to the sophisticated classical connoisseur. He received his first commission from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at age 16 under the ESO Young Composers’ Project and has since received national and international recognition for his work. A composer of symphonic, chamber and vocal works, Roydon has collaborated with the Brussels Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic; the Symphony Orchestras of Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Victoria, Edmonton, Nova Scotia, Niagara, Guelph, and Kitchener-Waterloo; the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Orchestre Nouvelle Generation, Land’s End Ensemble, Locrian Chamber Players (US), Ensemble Mise-en, Trio Anima Mundi (Australia), UBC Contemporary Players, Vanguard Voices (US), Mississauga Festival Choir, University of Toronto Opera, and the Bozzini, New Orford, and Cecilia String Quartets. Roydon’s music has been heard internationally via CBC radio 2, RTHK radio 4, Classical 107.3 FM, and has been performed in Australia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Hungary, Czech Republic, Portugal, the United States and Canada. A recipient of over 60 awards and scholarships, Roydon has won three prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (2015-16), the Washington International Composition Competition (2015), Canadian University Music Society Competition for Composers (2015), ISCM Sun River Prize International Competition (2015), Land’s End Chamber Ensemble National Competition (2012, 2015), Canadian Music Center Prairies Emerging Composer Prize (2013), Trio Anima Mundi International Composition Competition(2013), Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers (2013) and the Vanguard Voices Choral Composition Competition (2012). As the winner of the Washington Competition, his string quartet “Tempest” was given a special performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in June 2015 by the National Gallery String Quartet. Born in Hong Kong, Roydon is currently a 2nd year doctoral student in composition at the University of Toronto and holds degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. He has studied with composers Dorothy Chang, Stephen Chatman, Christos Hatzis, Gary Kulesha and Norbert Palej. In addition to composition, he is a professional pianist with a Licentiate in Performance from the Royal Schools of Music (London, UK) as well as an aspiring conductor. He is a member of SOCAN, SCI, the Canadian League of Composers, and the Canadian Music Center.

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