Dyson Rousen

Dyson Rousen
Micronesia

Born blind, Dyson wasn’t naturally destined to be a musician – until he heard his grandfather play the ukulele when he was 8 years old.

Fascinated, he asked his grandfather to teach him. The latter did and with practice, Dyson improved. The more he played, the better he became. Then, an uncle who saw his potential taught him to play the keyboard when he turned 14. Again, Dyson practiced diligently – with donated instruments as his family was poor.

Soon, Dyson showed that it was the skills of the player that matter, as he won two well-regarded music competitions in his hometown of Pohnpei.

Now 15, Dyson continues to develop his talents and is excited to be able to perform at this international event.