Vijay Gupta is a violinist and social justice advocate. An esteemed performer, communicator,
educator and citizen-artist, Gupta is a leading advocate for the role of the arts and music to
heal, inspire, provoke change, and foster social connection. Gupta is the founder and Artistic
Director of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization providing musical engagement, dialogue
and teaching artistry for homeless and incarcerated communities in Los Angeles.
Recognized for his “dedication to bringing beauty, respite, and purpose to those all too often
ignored by society while demonstrating the capacity of music to validate our shared humanity”,
Vijay Gupta is a 2018 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.
A passionate and dedicated educator, Vijay Gupta serves on the faculty of the Colburn School
and the Longy School of Music. Gupta also serves on the board of directors of the DC-based
national arts advocacy organization Americans for the Arts, as well as Los Angeles’s beloved
24th STreet Theatre.
Vijay Gupta made his solo debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of
Zubin Mehta at age 11, and has been an acclaimed international performer since the age of 8.
Gupta served as a member of the First Violin section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
orchestra, which he joined at age 19, from 2007 through 2018. He has appeared as a guest
concertmaster with the Los Angeles Opera and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and is
an active recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Gupta also speaks and advocates nationally
on the intersection of music, health, and social justice issues.
Vijay Gupta holds a BS in biology from Marist College (‘05) and an MM in violin performance
from the Yale School of Music (‘07). Gupta is the recipient of numerous awards and honors,
including an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of La Verne and the 2017
Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award from the Longy School of Music. Gupta is a
2017 Citizen Artist Fellow with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a 2011
TED Senior Fellow. Gupta is represented as a speaker by the Lavin Agency.
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