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LA violinist named MacArthur "genius" fellow

Vijay Gupta, Founder and Artistic Director of Street Symphony, plays the violin at a Laemmle Live community event in Santa Monica.
Vijay Gupta, Founder and Artistic Director of Street Symphony, plays the violin at a Laemmle Live community event in Santa Monica.
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The 2018 MacArthur Fellows were announced today. Out of the 25 newly named geniuses, three of them are based in Los Angeles.

One of them, Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta, was awarded the prestigious fellowship–and the $625,000 that comes with it–for "providing musical enrichment and valuable human connection to the homeless, incarcerated, and other under-resourced communities in Los Angeles."

Read more from NPR: Here are the winners of the 2018 MacArthur 'Genius' grants