Indian-American violinist R. VIJAY GUPTA joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in June 2007 at the age of 19. Prior to joining the orchestra, Gupta received a Master’s degree in Music from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Marist College. Parallel to his undergraduate studies in biology, Gupta attended the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, Pre-College Division. His principal teachers have included Glenn Dicterow, Ani Kavafian, and Isaac Stern.
Gupta made his solo debut at the age of eleven in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Zubin Mehta. He has performed as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bombay Symphony Orchestra, among many others. He has also performed widely as a chamber musician and recitalist on an international scale since the age of eight, and frequently appears on the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella new music series. Gupta has also performed as a guest concertmaster with LA Opera under James Conlon and the Orquestra Comunitat de Valencia at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia, Spain under Mehta.
Throughout his undergraduate course of study, Gupta held Research Assistant positions at CUNY Hunter College in New York City, where he worked on spinal chord neuronal regeneration, and at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine Center for Neurologic Diseases, where he studied the biochemical pathology of Parkinson’s disease. Gupta is passionate about discovering more about how music affects neuronal plasticity, especially in early education and neurological disorders.
Gupta recently crowdfunded his debut album Suryodaya through Kickstarter; the album includes the premiere of Gupta’s own composition on the Indian raga Jaunpuri as well as LA Phil Principal Timpanist Joseph Pereira’s Partita for Solo Violin. The album was recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall on the 1716 “Milstein” Stradivarius, and will be available mid-2012.
Gupta directs a non-profit organization called Street Symphony, which actively brings a live classical musical outreach concert series to greatly underserved mentally ill living within homeless, incarcerated, and Veteran communities on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Robert Gupta is a 2011 TED Senior Fellow.
Robert Gupta plays on a 2003 violin made by Kansas City luthier Anton Krutz.