Al Gromer Khan, of German descent, was born in 1946 as Alois Gromer. Living short periods of time in India, Morrocco and England, Gromer began experimenting with different musical styles. After attending a session with the famous Hindustani sitarist Vilayat Khan, Gromer was so intrigued he decided to dedicate his musical career studying the sitar. After successful studies with the brother of Vilayat, the master sitarist Imrat Khan, Gromer was accepted into the Khan-i-Gharana dynasty in 1975. The distinguished family can be traced back to the court musicians of the Mughal rulers of India.