Abhishek Balakrishnan, from Houston, TX, was initiated to Carnatic violin by Sri Vittal Ramamurthy and Smt. Rajarajeshwary Bhat. He received advanced training for 6 years from Kalaimamani Smt. Usha Rajagopalan. Abhishek is currently under the guidance of Sri Delhi P. Sunder Rajan. Abhishek is a Masters of Engineering candidate at Duke University.