Vijay 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 in biology from Marist College. Vijay made his solo debut at 11 in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician on an international scale since the age of 8. Gupta has appeared as a guest concertmaster with the Los Angeles Opera, Orquestra Comunitat de Valencia (Spain), and recently, as guest Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London at the prestigious Three Choirs Festival in Worcester, UK.
Gupta is a passionate and dedicated advocate for the presence of music in ostracized communities. He founded and serves as Artistic Director for Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing free, live music to men, women and youth living in homelessness and incarceration. A gifted spokesperson for human and mental health advocacy through music, Gupta is a TED Speaker, and a 2011 TED Senior Fellow. In January 2015, Gupta was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of La Verne. He is represented as a speaker by the Lavin Agency.
Vijay Gupta currently plays on a 1731 Domenico Montagnana violin, on generous loan through the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. He lives in Angelino Heights with his wife Samantha Lynne, and their Siamese cat Louie.