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The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra launched its first competition aimed at local composers in the summer of 2019. Our three finalists will have their work read by the orchestra during rehearsals in February, with the winning piece to be performed during Music by Request on Saturday, March 28!

The three finalists are:

Matthew Woolhouse

Matthew Woolhouse studied composition with Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, UK, before completing Masters and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the School of the Arts at McMaster University where he teaches courses in music theory, analysis and composition, and directs the University Chamber Orchestra. In 2013 he founded the Digital Music Lab, which conducts research into music perception, music and Parkinson’s disease, and music and eye movements. His research has attracted significant funding and won multiple awards, including three Canadian Tri-Council grants, McMaster’s Synergy Award (for excellence in interdisciplinary research and commitment to innovation), and the Provincial Government of Ontario’s Early Researcher Award. Prior to coming to Canada in 2011 with his wife and two daughters to take up his position at McMaster, Matthew was a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Emma Colette Moss

Emma Colette Moss is an aspiring Canadian composer and pianist with a passion for exploring the unfamiliar. Emma is a trained classical pianist with a passion for musical theatre and choir, extending her knowledge into the realm of how to create a vocal quality within each instrument. Emma’s love of poetry and literature allows her to draw on her most cherished texts as inspiration. She attempts to turn every morsel of an idea, intriguing mistake, and unbalanced harmony into offerings of her own. Emma explores ideas that represent her past, present, and future in the hopes that it will help audiences look into aspects of their own lives.

Emma has studied with Tanya Gernburd, Alexander Rapoport, and is currently studying with renowned composer and pianist, Larysa Kuzmenko. She has worked with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Breva, the Greenroom Collective and the Student Composer Concerts at the University of Toronto where she studies composition.

Roydon Tse

Named one of CBC Music’s “30 under 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians”, Dr. Roydon Tse is an award-winning Canadian-Hong Kong composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal works. His music is inspired by his personal journey as an immigrant, the fusion of Western and Eastern elements and themes such as nostalgia, identity and cultural tension. A believer of music as a vehicle for personal and social change, he seeks to tell stories about our shared human experience that connects people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

His compositions have been performed across four continents and over 15 countries in venues such as Shanghai’s Symphony Hall, the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Kennedy Center. Notable performers of his music include members of the Paris Opera Orchestra and Teatro alla Scala Orchestra; the Brussels Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra,Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Niagara Symphony, Iris Ensemble, Vancouver Bach Choir and the Cecilia String Quartet. His compositions have earned him four SOCAN Foundation Awards for Composers, the Washington International Composition Prize, and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Emerging Artist Award.

Born in Hong Kong, Roydon studied piano and violin in the UK, and completed his composition studies at the University of British Columbia (B.Mus) and the University of Toronto (M.Mus, D.M.A). In addition to composition, he is on faculty at the Regent Park School of Music and is a lead teaching artist for the Canadian Opera Company After School Opera Program.