Tarun Shriram, a senior at AITE High School, Stamford, CT, aspires to make a breakthrough in neurology while following his passion for music.
Inspired by his father, an ardent Mridangist, he started his journey as a musician at age 10 under the tutelage of Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy, an acclaimed musician and disciple of maestro Guruvayur Dorai.
Tarun's first stage performance was at age 11, and ever since he has been accompanying various music teachers and their students around the country. Tarun has won awards at the prestigious Cleveland Thyagaraja Music Festival, Vedic Heritage NY, and Raga Club of Connecticut, to name a few. In August of 2018, he performed his 2 hour graduation recital with renowned carnatic musicians Kruthi Bhat and Shiva Ramamurthi, signifying his ascension to a professional. Currently, he is working with artists in CT to release an album covering the 72 melakartas, the fundamental scales of carnatic music.
Academically, he maintains a high GPA by taking challenging AP courses. He is also a commended student for the PSAT, and President of the Science National Honors Society and RSPACEE club. Through RSPACEE he's found a love for learning and teaching science, and currently tutors students at Beyond Limits, Stamford. In addition to academics, he is the Captain of the AITE Varsity eSports team and is a fierce spiker for Stamford High School Boys Volleyball, playing Varsity for 4 years.
Tarun aspires to pursue a career in medical studies and research neurological diseases, while having music as a core influence in his life. By taking the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical route at his high school, he has developed a strong love for exploring the human body and its intricacies, and aims to give future generations the blueprint for curing brain diseases. His capstone project focuses on the effects of Parkinson's Disease, its treatments, prospective cures, and connection with genetics and external factors. With his strong foundation in music, he has developed a creative and analytical mind which will propel him towards his dreams.