Ventura Music Festival – Ventura CA

Artistic Director

Nuvi Mehta, The Janet & Mark L. Goldenson Artistic Director of the Ventura Music Festival

Nuvi MethaNuvi 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.”

Named 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.

Mehta has been a guest conductor with the San Diego Symphony, assistant conductor of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and apprentice conductor and guest conductor with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Guest conducting appearances have also included the Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra, the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Nova Vista Symphony, the Marquette Symphony, the Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City, and the Bear Valley Music Festival.  As a violinist, positions held include Concertmaster of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, Assistant Principal Second Violin in the San Diego Symphony, and Principal Second Violin in the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. He performs regularly as a soloist and is asked to teach string master classes for various organizations throughout San Diego.

Navroj Mehta was raised in Ann Arbor, MI, received a Bachelors of Music with Distinction from Indiana University and a Masters of Music from The Juilliard School in New York. His violin teachers include Josef Gingold, Nathan Milstein and Szymon Goldberg.  Conducting teachers include Otto Werner Mueller, Gustav Meier, Charles Bruck, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kirk Trevorand Leonard Bernstein. He is a member of the distinguished Mehta musical family.

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