Ventura Music Festival
Artistic Director

Nuvi Mehta, Artistic Director

Nuvi Mehta has an extraordinary gift for capturing the minds and hearts of his audiences. Likening him to a young Gary Cooper, the L.A. Times says, “His old-fashioned Hollywood charisma extends to an eloquent and theatrical way of speaking that is almost entirely lost today.”

Nuvi MehtaNamed Artistic Director of the Ventura Music Festival Association in August of 2003, Mehta began to add his “stamp” to the Festival with wonderful on-stage interactions with artists, and by sharing his humor and knowledge with Festival audiences.

Appointed Director of Special Projects for the San Diego Symphony in 2006, Mehta launched the Symphony’s Symphony Exposed Concerts–a multi-media concert series, introducing non-aficionados to classical music. In three years, the series has developed a new audience in Symphony Hall. Mehta’s on stage demonstrations are also featured on all San Diego Symphony Masterworks Series concerts, and his symphony talks draw up to 1000 patrons nightly. Mehta also hosts XLNC 104.9FM’s World of Music, a one-hour classical music radio show.

Mr. Mehta carries his passion for music into the classroom and after-school programs as well, where his multimedia “What’s in a Note?” children’s music education programs, featuring one-on-one interaction and audience participation, bring inspiration to thousands of elementary school-age children annually.

He lives in San Diego, CA with his wife Karen and daughter Kaia.

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