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Vijay Gupta

Violinist | Speaker | Citizen Artist

Events

February 16
Keynote Lecture: Calgary City Teachers Convention 2024
February 25
Pasadena, CA - Works of Pisendel and Bach at Sierra Madre Playhouse, Tesserae Baroque
February 28
Keynote Lecture: "Heal Yourself, Heal the World" at Florida State University, College of Music
March 16
Keynote Lecture: Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group
March 21
Keynote Lecture: American String Teachers Association and Suzuki Association of the Americas
March 23
Los Angeles, CA - Street Symphony "Crossroads". Inner City Arts
April 16
Harrisonburg, IL - Lifelong Learning Institute on Music and the Arts, James Madison University
May 20-30
Putney, VT - Darshan Piano Trio Residency at Yellow Barn
June 2
La Jolla, CA - Darshan Piano Trio
June 24
Jacksonville, FL - Keynote: United States Public Health Services Annual Conference
July 21 - August 4
Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. Performances with Yamini Kalluri, Joel Noyes and Dominic Cheli
ABOUT VIJAY

Vijay Gupta is a violinist, speaker and citizen-artist dedicated to creating spaces of wholeness through music.

On Social

Raise your hand if you are guilty of obsession.

Raise your hand if you are guilty of over-caffeinating.

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of not paying attention to your body, and you love music so much that you forget what day of the week it is.

This guy right ...here.

By the way, I do *not* condone this philosophy of nutrition. In actuality, I travel with so much whey protein isolate that I’m guaranteed to go over on my luggage each trip. For years, I would ignore my own bodies, signals, and then stare down at the remains of a room service pizza, wondering how to fuck it got there. This is how, five years ago, I ended up at 315 pounds, constantly in pain, but unwilling to compromise on the music I loved.

I’ve had to learn balance. The balance of all consuming obsession, and the balance of fueling, the body that fuels that obsession. My body is an instrument, and I have to learn how to take care of that instrument the same way that I take care of the music I love. I spent so much time learning how to play in tune. I’m always reminding myself how to *be* in tune.

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#violinist#piano #dummer #guitar #bass #flute #viola #cello #musicpractice #studiotime

On the road, the violin doesn’t care whether I’m tired, or under the weather, or distracted. Sometimes it’s enough to just pick up the violin - even for a few minutes. Then, I start listening. Practicing on the road teaches me about pure efficiency: just get it done.

#violin #music ...#violinist #piano #cello #viola #musician #classicalmusic #violino #guitar #orchestra #violinista #violinplayer #musica #art #strings #concert #daysofpractice #flute #violinmusic #violincover #bass #n #love #musicians #practice #violinlove #electricviolin #pianist

Stop trying to get it right.
Right is boring. Right is useless.

Whose version of right? Your teacher? Or colleague? The judge in your head?

These are all delusions.

I had a teacher, one who said, “follow yourself around.” I hated practicing when I was trying to... get it right. I only started to love practicing when what, and how, I practiced reflected the way I wanted to feel.

The way I wanted my *audience* to feel.

Of course, play the notes in the right order. Of course, play them in tune. But more than that, *be* in tune, yourself.

Be attuned to the music you wish to be. That way, we slip into the channel of ease.

#bach #music#coaching#life#coach#Classical #solo #violinist#lifequotes #attunement #practice #solobach

“Rise after rise bow the phantoms behind me,
Afar down I see the huge first Nothing,
I know I was even there.”
-Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

You are infinite.

Recorded by @louisng.wav at @mechanicshall

#violinist #100daysofpractice #hilaryhahn #bach ...#solobach #classicalmusic #violin #violinista

“Before hearing this music today, I felt angry at the world, and now I can handle my day.”

Today’s @streetsymph event at @dwcweb was a joy to perform - @darshan.trio (@domcheli and @yoshi.cello) absolutely love the musical conversations we get to have with the attendees of the ...Women’s Shelter - reflections on life and love, the power of breath, and how Beethoven “sounds like church”.

Street Symphony visits these places like a kind of musical pilgrimage: making music here opens me to new possibilities of sound and interpretation - the human impact of music making we can so easily forget while striving for the perfection of the stage or recording studio.

Here, intention and expression are everything.

I’m a better musician for coming to Skid Row.

#skidrow #womensshelter #homelessness #losangeles #pianotrio #reenaesmail

Practice makes things familiar. Sometimes we think that practice makes things infallible, but that’s not really the point of practice: to me, playing music - growing familiar with the strains of physical effort - actually serve to prime us for “the new”.

The new element that I never... heard before.

The new glimmer of counterpoint or sound, of melody or rhythm that I hadn’t yet noticed. I will hear the new in the old, over and over again.

There is always something new that comes with noticing.

Keep paying attention.

#attention #mindfulness #creativity #practice #solobach #pisendel #gutstrings #violin #baroqueviolin

I’ve played the violin for 33 years of my life. And it’s only been for the last four or five that I’ve been living in my own story, creating art according to my own voice, my own curiosities and desires.

Until that point, I was living in someone else’s story.

The story of... a teacher.

The story of a parent.

The story of a baton wielding conductor.

The story of friends and colleagues I was afraid were judging me.

But the truth is, as much as I tried to please others by putting on masks, I was hiding from my own, truest voice. I was hiding from my own light.

Experimentation at first was so difficult. I felt alone, I felt like a fraud. But then I learned how to chase imposter syndrome. I learned how to look for imposter syndrome, because it meant that I was on the edge of something I had never done before.

I learned how to chase down my fears, instead of being defined by them.

Pursue terror. Laugh in its face. Destroy your reputation, as Rumi said.

#fear #art #creativity #pursueyourpassion #pursuehappy #joy #violin #music #art #creative

“He had held onto his self-respect, he dreamed grand dreams, and he could work well at any task he turned his hand to.”
* Jane Wakatsuki Houston on her father, George Wakatsuki, “Farewell to Manzanar

Farewell to Manzanar was one of my favorite books as a child, especially as a... #suzuki kid obsessed with Japanese culture from a young age - I couldn’t imagine children my own age ripped from their homes and placed in the middle of stark American deserts. But what moved me most about those stories was the industriousness and patience of the parents - many of them gardeners and laborers - who turned to making beautiful gardens in the camps: at Manzanar, they brought the abandoned apple orchards back to life. 


Recorded by @louisng.wav at @mechanicshall 

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