Vijay Gupta

Vijay Gupta

February 4, 2020

photo: courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation

Vijay Gupta is a violinist and educator whose efforts to merge music with mental health are changing the world. As a professional violinist with a background in neurobiology, Gupta sees music as a transformative form of outreach that can truly change the lives of those afflicted with adverse circumstances, such as mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. Gupta is the founder of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging underserved communities experiencing homelessness and incarceration in Los Angeles through musical performance and dialogue. He was named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow, hailed by the MacArthur Foundation for “bringing beauty, respite, and purpose to those all too often ignored by society.”