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Vijay Gupta, MM

Founder/Artistic Director of Street Symphony, Los Angeles, California; Violinist

A critically acclaimed musician, Mr. Gupta joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 19 and made his solo debut at age 11 with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. He has a Master’s in music from Yale University. As a student, Mr. Gupta was part of several research projects in neuro- and neurodegenerative biology. He held research assistant positions at CUNY Hunter College in New York City, where he worked on spinal cord neuronal regeneration, and at the Harvard Institute of Medicine Center for Neurologic Diseases, where he studied the biochemical pathology of Parkinson’s disease. He is passionate about education and outreach, both as a musician and as an activist for mental health issues. Mr. Gupta has the privilege of being the friend and violin instructor of Nathaniel Anthony Ayers — the homeless, mentally ill musician who was the subject of Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez’s book, The Soloist, and the movie by the same title.

Street Symphony is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating live, free, on-site musical experiences of the highest artistic quality for people experiencing incarceration and homelessness in Los Angeles County. Street Symphony ensembles perform at LA County Jails and homeless shelters in downtown Los Angeles, as well as public events for the community-at-large, aimed to raise awareness for issues for mental health, incarceration, and homelessness

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, September 16

4:45pm CDT