Venkatesh was born in Kumbakonam, a small town in the southern part of India. Trained in both the Indian and Western traditions of music, he developed a deep interest in composition. After finishing his engineering studies, he joined New England Conservatory of music, Boston to pursue his studies in composition. Since 2010, he has studied composition with teachers such as Larry Bell, Stratis Minakakis, Malcolm Peyton and Margaret McAllister. In the year 2014, he accepted an invitation to study counterpoint and harmony with Young Chul Choi in Seoul.
His recognitions include being a finalist at the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition held in Prague, and being invited to take part in Composit, a new music festival held in Rieti, Italy. He has attended master classes with Joshua Fineberg and Phillipe Leroux. He has been commissioned to write a piece for saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky. Starting this fall, he will be pursuing his master’s degree in composition at SUNY, Binghamton, under the guidance of composer Daniel Thomas Davis.