Twenty-three-year-old violinist, Royce Rich, is establishing himself as one of Canada’s up-and-coming young artists. Having been listed as one of CBC Music’s top “30 Under 30 Hot Classical Musicians” of 2021, Royce has appeared on concert stages as soloist and chamber musician across Canada, the USA, Italy, and Germany. He has performed as guest solo artist with the Brampton Symphony Orchestra, Lions Gate Sinfonia Orchestra, Durham Chamber Orchestra, Smazal Chamber Orchestra, and twice with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. In March of 2021, Royce was thrilled to have self-produced and released his debut solo album of beloved encore pieces with pianist, Jeanie Chung. Entitled Short Stories, his album is currently available to stream and download on Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, and Spotify.
Royce completed his formal post-secondary classical music performance training at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he obtained his Bachelors of Music Degree, as well as completed one full year in the conservatory’s Artist Diploma Program as a full-scholarship recipient of The Jack Whiteside Scholarship. Royce started taking violin lessons and performing at the age of five years old – he has studied with some of North America’s leading violin pedagogues, namely, with Victor Danchenko, Martina Smazal, Taras Gabora, and Mayumi Seiler. Aside from keeping a busy performance schedule and maintaining a violin teaching studio, Royce loves running, cycling, swimming, hiking, cooking, and getting together with friends over a dessert and a cup of coffee.
Active as a recording artist, this spring, Royce is thrilled to premiere and record a showpiece dedicated to him by English composer, Paul Ibbotson, entitled Trapezo Caprice. He also looks forward to recording Nathan Milstein’s Paganiniana Variations where he will release his recordings on all streaming platforms. As a violin pedagogue, Royce was invited to assume the position as head violin faculty at Showcase Music Academy Schools in both Richmond and Vancouver.