(Robert) Vijay Gupta is an internationally acclaimed violinist and advocate for the redemptive and regenerative presence of music in ostracized and stigmatized communities. Gupta founded and serves as Artistic Director of 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 musical outreach, Gupta is a TED Speaker and is the chief curator of TEDxSkidRow.
Vijay 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. His principal teachers have included Glenn Dicterow and Ani Kavafian. He 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 the Los Angeles Opera and the Orquestra Comunitat de Valencia. Gupta frequently appears on the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music and Green Umbrella new music series, and is actively engaged in various LA Phil educational outreach initiatives.
Vijay Gupta currently plays on a 1731 Domenico Montagnana violin, made available through the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. He is represented as a speaker by the Lavin Agency.
He lives in Claremont with his wife Samantha Lynne, and their Siamese cat, Louie.