Homelessness seen by soloist for LA Philharmonic

by | Jun 23, 2012 | Poverty: Analysis and Responses

“…once homelessness changes your heart there is no going back” Mark Horvath Interviews acclaimed violinist Robert Gupta on Skid Row. Robert Gupta brings music to the homeless.
I was honored to be invited by Robert Gupta to speak at the first every TEDxSkidRow . Although we had talked and emailed in the past, this was the first time meeting Robert. I have to tell you the Robert is the real deal. He is genuine and humble, and not what you would expect from a person who has reached such professional success as being a solo violinist for Los Angeles Philharmonic starting at the age of 19!

Robert could be doing a world of things other than spending time on Skid Row, but as he will tell you, and I cannot argue, once homelessness changes your heart there is no going back. Few years back Robert had a life-changing experience with Nathaniel Ayers, the subject of LA Times’s Steve Lopez’s book

 

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