Usman Riaz named as the youngest ever TED senior fellow

Riaz, 22, a multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker, is the youngest TED fellow ever selected.


Web Desk January 06, 2014
Riaz taught himself percussive guitar, a style that relies on a sharp striking of both the strings and guitar's body—as well as harmonica, mandolin, harmonium, and percussion through internet. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

A Pakistan student at Berklee College of Music, Usman Riaz, has been named one of the 12 TED senior fellows who will present at the next four TED conferences, starting in 2014, Berklee said on Monday.

Riaz, 22, a multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker, will be the youngest TED fellow ever selected.

Born in Karachi, he was trained in piano at the early age of six. Later, Riaz taught himself percussive guitar, a style that relies on a sharp striking of both the strings and guitar's body—as well as harmonica, mandolin, harmonium, and percussion through the Internet due to the scarcity of music teachers in Pakistan.

Riaz first time performed on the stage of TEDGlobal 2012, after one of his video “Fire Fly” caught the attention of TED curator Chirs Anderson.



His talent is not only confined to music, he also writes and directs short films to compliment his compositions. He had also painted the cover of his music album "Circus in the Sky".

Currently Riaz is in his first semester at Berklee and is pursuing a dual major in composition and performance.

COMMENTS (16)

sincere pakistani | 7 years ago | Reply

stop fighting about being karaachi wala or islamabad wala,, dat does not make u superior to each other,, just simply unite on the fact that this guy made pakistan proud ,, he is reffered as a pakistani there,,

True Karachiwala | 7 years ago | Reply

@Hassan: @True Karachiwala: Waiting for the day when news items coming from Karachi itself will make Karachiites proud. Regards, Islamabadi

Then stop taking pride in Ms.Saeeda Warsi, Bhatti of Paris and many more Pakistanis around the world. Islamabad does not nothing except sitting on money collected from Karachi and boast of capital of Pakistan. Is it less a news item that makes us the Karachiites proud that we are the most dominant single source of income of Pakistan ? Request: admit facts, regards.

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