ETHAN BALAKRISHNAN 18, born in Santa Clara, California, is an undergraduate student studying with Grigory Kalinovsky at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. A recipient of the prestigious Jacobs Scholar Award, Mr. Balakrishnan has held leadership positions in the University’s Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra. Ethan Balakrishnan has played with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra as Concertmaster and Principal Violist, and in 2016, he joined the National Youth Orchestra of Canada on their concert tour of Portugal. Mr. Balakrishnan has performed as soloist with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra as the winner and finalist of their respective concerto competitions. Most recently, he was awarded the NAC Bursary Competition "Friends of the NAC Orchestra Award" and MusicFest Canada’s top prize, the “Passion and Performance Award.”