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Violinist (Robert) VIJAY GUPTA is an internationally acclaimed advocate for the redemptive and regenerative presence of music in ostracized and stigmatized communities. Gupta joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2007 at the age of 19, after completing a Master’s degree in Music from Yale University, and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Marist College. His principal teachers have included Glenn Dicterow and Ani Kavafian.
Gupta made his solo debut at the age of eleven in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, has performed as a guest concertmaster with LA Opera and the Orquestra Comunitat de Valencia. He frequently appears on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella new music series, and is actively engaged in various LA Phil educational outreach initiatives.
Gupta founded and serves as Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing free, live music to people experiencing homelessness and incarceration. A gifted spokesperson for human and mental health advocacy through musical outreach, Gupta is a TED Speaker and curates TEDxSkidRow. Gupta is represented as a speaker by the Lavin Agency.
Vijay Gupta currently plays on a 2003 violin made by Kansas City luthier Anton Krutz. He lives in Claremont with his wife Samantha Lynne and their Siamese cat, Louie.