Ronald Royer is a multi-talented musician who is active as a composer, conductor, and educator. Born in Los Angeles into a family of professional musicians, he began his career as a cellist, performing with such ensembles as the Pacific Symphony, Utah Symphony, and Toronto Symphony, as well as working in the Motion Picture and Television Industry in Los Angeles during the 1980’s.
As a composer, his concert music has been performed in Canada, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Romania, and the USA. Mr. Royer has worked in film and theater, and this includes (with co-composer Kevin Lau) the score for the Canadian children’s movie Gooby, starring Robbie Coltrane and Eugene Levy. The Gryphon Trio, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, cellist Shauna Rolston, and French flutist and conductor Patrick Gallois are a few of the prominent ensembles and artists who have performed his compositions.
His concert music has been performed by over 65 orchestras, including the international iPalpiti Orchestra in Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA), Sinfonia Finlandia (Finland), Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Athens La Camerata (Greece), Joensuu City Orchestra (Finland), and Members of the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra (Germany). Canadian performances have included the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Thunder Bay Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, Niagara Symphony and Symphony New Brunswick. The Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra performed his composition Exuberance on their New Year’s 2012 concert tour of China (and can be viewed on YouTube). He has served as the composer-in-residence for Sinfonia Toronto, Mississauga Symphony, Toronto Sinfonietta, Scarborough Philharmonic and the Brantford Symphony.
Royer’s recordings include six for Cambria Master Recordings: Premieres with violinist Conrad Chow and Sinfonia Toronto, The Hollywood Flute of Louise DiTullio with Sinfonia Toronto, The Nightingale’s Rhapsody with clarinetist Jerome Summers and The Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra of Ottawa and Romancing Chopin with the Toronto Sinfonietta. Recent recordings include Canadian Panorama with the Winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic with oboist Sarah Jeffrey, clarinetist Kaye Royer and horn player Gabriel Radford, and I Remember featuring University of Toronto Schools Alumni and Friends. The Time of My life features his Concerto for Trumpets and Orchestra, performed by trumpeter Burnette Dillon, the Los Angeles Studio Orchestra, and conductor Jorge Mester. Other recordings have performances by the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, iPalpiti Orchestra, HornPipes Duo, Triofus, Chamber Music Society of Mississauga, cellist Simon Fryer and another newly released CD, Tandem with Barton and Steven Woomert.
As a conductor, he is presently serving as the music director and conductor of the Scarborough Philharmonic in Ontario, Canada. He has conducted the Premieres, The Hollywood Flute and Canadian Panorama recordings, and film scores including Gooby. He has guest conducted several Ontario orchestras.
Mr. Royer teaches and conducts at the University of Toronto Schools and is involved in a variety of initiatives to promote music education throughout Ontario.