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  • LAPA
  • Mar. 10, 2017
  • On March 13, 2017, Vijay Gupta, violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will be presented with the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society by Longy School of Music of Bard College. The award, endorsed by the Bernstein family, was established by Longy in 2000 and past recipients include LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. The Bernstein laureate, whether as a performer or teacher, exemplifies how music can lift spirits, raise the level of culture in society, and transform lives.

    A renowned campaigner for the regenerative presence of artistic voices in social issues, Gupta joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2007 at the age of 19 after completing his Bachelor of Science in Biology and his Master of Music from the Yale School of Music. A passionate advocate for the dedicated presence of citizen artists in social and civic discourse, he founded and directs Street Symphony, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging through music, marginalized communities of people experiencing poverty, homelessness and incarceration.


    About the Los Angeles Philharmonic
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres - orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop - at two of L.A.'s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall ( and the Hollywood Bowl ( The LA Phil's season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.

    About Longy School of Music of Bard College
    Longy School of Music of Bard College is a conservatory whose mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world. World-class faculty and an innovative curriculum encourage students to push their artistic presentation beyond the proscenium model. Longy promotes musical understanding and technical mastery, and inspires imagination and inquiry into the musician's role in the world. Longy serves graduate and undergraduate studentsfrom over 35 states and 16 countries between its Cambridge and Los Angeles campuses, with the latter housing the El Sistema-inspired Master of Arts in Teaching in Music (MAT) program.

    About Take a Stand
    The powerful message of El Sistema, Venezuela's revolutionary music education program, is spreading across the United States and igniting a movement that engages thousands of children and families in music making and community building. To support this pioneering field, Bard College, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have formed Take a Stand, an innovative national initiative that supports social change through music. Key project areas include annual conferences for the field of El Sistema-inspired programs world-wide and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Music program, situated at an LA Phil YOLA site, with a focus on infusing El Sistema philosophy into music teaching practices.

  • Contact:

    Sophie Jefferies,, 213.972.3422
    Photos: 213.972.3034