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Vijay Gupta

Violinist, Genius Fellow, Humanitarian

Changing Lives, Note by Note

April 21, 2021 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Violinist Vijay ​Gupta ​attended Juilliard at seven, performed with the Israel Philharmonic at eleven, and joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic at 19. Torn between pursuing a career as a doctor or a violinist, he chose a bow instead of a scalpel to treat and heal society’s marginalized: the homeless and the mentally ill. Tapping the power of music therapy, he co-founded ​Street Symphony​, a coalition of 90 musicians who harness the power of the arts to foster social connection by engaging communities affected by homelessness and incarceration through performances, workshops, and teaching artistry.​ ​ By age 31, Gupta was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow for his work as a violinist and social justice advocate “providing musical enrichment and valuable human connection to the homeless, incarcerated, and other under-resourced communities in Los Angeles.”​ Recognized by ​2019 Time 100 Next​ as a rising star shaping the future, Gupta ​delivers a symphonic message about music as a powerful instrument for healing and problem solving. This inspiring presentation will conclude with a special musical moment with Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotada.


Special Event

Please join us for our annual special evening event, featuring Salman Khan: One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined. Tuesday, November 11, 2020. William Saroyan Theater. Lecture at 7:30pm. VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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