Born in Cairo, 1965.
He studied composition at Harvard University, taking a doctor’s degree. He also studied violin, performed at concerts and recorded music.
He wrote down various traditional compositions of Egyptian music.
As an instrumentalist, Riad Abdel-Gawad performs music from North America, Europe and Africa.
The composer also works on the subject of how to establish a synthesis of Arabian, North African and Egyptian music with Western contemporary music.
numerous scholarships and awards: Harvard Teaching Fellowship (1991-1994); ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Competition Award (1991, 1993).