Hassan Syed at the age of six picked up the skills from his mother. He had his musical grooming from Ustaad Fateh Ali Khan of Patiyala gharana, Ustaad M. Iqbal of Karyana Gharana, I.M. K. Lodhi of Ludhiana, A. Hameed and Pervez Haider in areas of Thumri, Daadra Khayyal and Jugalbandi. Hustaad Baray Ghulam Ali Khan and Mehdi Hassan are his Ruhani Ustaads. Being truly inspired by Mehdi Hassan, Hassan carefully embellishes ghazal by using behlawas, murkis, taan, and zamzamas. He is associated with Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television since 1980.

                His excellence  in music are :

(i)          Best vocalist of Lawrance College, Ghora Gali, Murree 1972-73, 1973-74

(ii)         All Pakistan Best Singer in Arts and Music Interuniversity Competition 1978-79 by Robin Ghosh and Nisar Bazmi.

(iii)        Awarded First prize in Musical Event of Interuniversity Rovering Championship 1980

(iv)       Best Mouth organist and Best Flute Player in Interdepartmental Musical Competition.

(v)        Best ghazal Vocalist at Annual Dinner of NESPAK (National Engineering Services of Pakistan 1983-84 and 1984-85.

                At the start of his career, Hassan appeared as an upcoming gayak on Pakistan Television with Ghazal Mastres such as Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali, Abida Perveen, Mehnaaz, Gulbahar Bano, Pervez Mehdi and Ghulam Abbas.

                He has been associated with PTV Production Directors such as Nisar Ahmed Hussain, Rafiq Warriach, Farrukh Bashir, Zahid Uzair, Jamshed Firshori, Arif Rana, and sang Ghazals composed by Ustaad Nazar Hussain, Mian Shehryar and Niaz Ahmed. These great celebrities groomed Hassan in refining his ghazal  Gayyak).

                Though he was beginning to be acclaimed as a Ghazal Singer par excellence Hassan’s album  “Geet sa Ghazal Tak” changed his destiny  when MD, EMI released his first album. The year 1988 was a career milestone when Hassan gave his first public performance in Ghalib Academy and Fiqqi Hall in Delhi, India at the Urdu International Conference. The audience of great music connoisseurs such as Kunwar Mahandar Singh Bedi, Ali Siddique and others were mesmerized by Taans, Murkis and Bahlawas in Raag Bharwain, Todi and Maarwa. The years 1990 to 1992 was epoch-making for Hassan when he sang a Umeed Ali Khan’s Thumri, (Ghannan Ghannan Garjay in PNCA Auditorium with (Sanggat on Tabla by Ustaad Shaukat Ali and Sarangi by Ustaad Allah Rakha) Ustaad Salamat Ali Khan and Ustaad Shaukat Hussain gave Aasheerwaad to Hassan. He was also the star performer with Tahira Syed in Lioness Club Fund Raising at Marriat Hotel, Islamabad. The audience comprising of Dildar Pervez Bhatti, Naeem Bokhari, Super Star Muhammad Ali and others gave Hassan a standing ovation. This program was directed by Nazeer Warraich and went on air for three years by NTM. Hassan Syed went on capturing the hearts and souls of thousands of listerners and fast became a household name: Ustaad Tari (Acclaimed Prince of Tabla by Lata Mangeshkar) agreed to accompany him in numerous ghazal  concerts.

                In 1992/1993, Hassan signed a contract with Shalimar Recording Company. His debut song in Raag Bhopali composed by Mujhahid Ali become a success.  Hassan also toured to Canada, USA, in 1987 where he performed for India Canada Association and Rotary International.

                In 2006, Hassan participated in the International Arts Manager Seminar at Serena hotel sponsored by Pakistan National Council of the Arts and John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts, with Mr. Micheal Kaiser President of JF Kannedy Centre Washington and Mr.Naeem Tahir, DG, PNCA. Other celebrities include Art directors / actors and chreographers such as Sheema Kirmani, Usmaan Pirzada and Jammal Shah. Artistic / Marketing and Fund Raising Plan were the main curriculum of the Seminar.

                Hassan and his team is presently establishing an International / NGO on Classical Music in collaboration with other Arts Organization and Donor agencies. His recent achievement and contributions in arts include “Celebrating Rumi by JICA Alumin Association of Pakistan Lok Virsa” and “Character building through musical fine arts for Pakistani youth for the     Sir Syed Memorial Society”.

                Like any other struggler, he too had his share of trials and tribulations.