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October 9, 2018IM -
Vijay Gupta, member of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), was recently named a MacArthur Fellow. His work with the homeless and under-resourced communities has inspired musicians all over the Los Angeles area.
Gupta is currently a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is the Mark Houston Dalzell and James Dao-Dalzell First Violin Chair. He is also a member of the faculty at the Longy School of Music of the Bard College Masters of Arts in Teaching Program and the Colburn School.
In 2011, he co-founded Street Symphony, a not-for-profit organization designed to give a musical experience to those living in underprivileged communities. The group, composed of nearly 80 musicians, provides free monthly performances at shelters, county jails, and treatment and transition facilities. Street Symphony also holds workshops to provide music education opportunities to members of these communities. The Fellows Program, a program through Street Symphony, takes talented individuals from Skid Row and pairs them with budding artists from local universities for a year-long educational experience.
Gupta’s goal is to demonstrate the importance music has in bringing people together, regardless of social status and economic background. He is dedicated to providing musical experiences and opportunities to those who, without his help, may never have the chance.