Biography

Ronald Royer is an active composer with numerous performances, commissions and commercial recordings. In constant demand by musicians and orchestras for new works, he has composed for such notables as the French flutist and conductor, Patrick Gallois, cellist, Shauna Rolston, as well as the Gryphon Trio and St. Lawrence Quartet. Over 50 orchestras have performed his music including Sinfonia Finlandia, Joensuu City Orchestra (Finland), Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), La Camerata (Greece), members of the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra (Germany), and Canadian Orchestras such as Orchestra London, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, Thirteen Strings of Ottawa, Niagara Symphony, Toronto Sinfonietta, and the Canadian Sinfonietta.

Recent performances of Mr. Royer’s music include the grand finale concert of the 13th Festival of International Laureates by the iPalpiti Orchestra in Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and a recital by flutist Louise DiTullio and pianist Robert Thies at the National Flute Association Convention in Anaheim, California. Exuberance for orchestra will be premiered and given numerous performances during the 2010-2011 concert season in Canada. Commissioned by conductor Brian Jackson in connection with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and Victoria Symphony, Exuberance will be performed by each of these orchestras as well as the Scarborough Philharmonic conducted by Ronald Royer.

Mr. Royer’s latest recording is The Hollywood Flute of Louise DiTullio with Sinfonia Toronto conducted by Mr. Royer and released by Cambria Master Recordings (California). This recording features premiere recordings of concert music by Ronald Royer, David Rose and Laurence Rosenthal, and includes new arrangements by Ronald Royer and Mark Watters of classic film scores by John Williams, Danny Elfman, John Barry and Jerry Goldsmith. Other titles include The Nightingale’s Rhapsody with Clarinetist Jerome Summers and The Thirteen Strings of Ottawa by and the Storyteller’s Bag (for children) as well as recordings by the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, the Toronto Sinfonietta, TrioFus and cellist Simon Fryer.

Ronald Royer and co-composer Kevin Lau created the score for the Canadian children’s movie Gooby, starring Robbie Coltrane and Eugene Levy. Gooby premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May 2008 and was seen in theatres throughout the USA in the spring of 2009.

Born in Los Angeles into a family of professional musicians, he began his career as a cellist, performing with such ensembles as the Utah Symphony, Pacific Symphony and Toronto Symphony, as well as working in the Motion Picture and Television Industry in Los Angeles during the 1980’s. Mr. Royer began serious studies in composition in the 1990’s, receiving a Master’s Degree in Composition from the University of Toronto in 1997. Mr. Royer is presently serving as the music director of the Scarborough Philharmonic and works as an Instructor of Music for the University of Toronto Schools.