Usman Riaz is fast becoming a house-hold name across the world. The musical boy genius from Pakistan is a regular fixture in the Pakistani musical scene and has received accolades from his peers who have described the 20something as a maestro.
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Now Usman’s genius is not only recognized locally, but he has been named as one of the nineteen people from around the world to be a part of TED Fellows.
A maestro is as someone who is defined as ‘a master in an art.’ It is especially true for those people who are in the music field as composers, conductors or music teachers. Usman Riaz is one such individual.
Described as a musical genius by many, Usman Riaz, began dabbling in guitar at the age of 16 and also taught himself some mandolin and sitar while he was at it. At home he was classically trained in piano from the age of 6 and counts his family as his greatest influence when it comes to music. Usman is the grandson of the legendary Zia Mohyeddin while his grandmother is a trained eastern classical musician – whom he cites as his biggest influence. Not just that, Usman credits his grandmother, from whom he received all his early knowledge.