Robert Vijay Gupta is an Indian-American violinist and musical activist, and a 2011 TED Senior Fellow. At 24, Gupta is currently the youngest member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and directs Street Symphony, a non-profit organization bringing free music performances to mentally ill individuals living within homelessness and incarceration. Gupta has performed as a soloist and recitalist around the world since the age of 8, but obtained an undergraduate in Biology at 17 and a Master's in Music from Yale at 19, after working in several neuroscience laboratories studying Parkinson's Disease and neurodegenerative biology.
TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TEDGlobal 2011, TED2011, TED2010
Areas of Expertise
Music, mental illness, Community Outreach, Neuroscience of music
An idea worth spreading
Music is medicine.
I'm passionate about
Music and the brain, education, great old (and new) violins, collaboration, social sciences, lamb curry.
Talk to me about
Late Beethoven string quartets, neurocircuitry, sriracha.
People don't know I'm good at
cooking a really tasty lamb curry.
My TED story
Proud to be a Senior TED Fellow!