David GarrettOn Our Show: March 19, 2011
Birth Year: 1980
Origin: Aachen, Germany
About David Garrett:
Violin virtuoso David Garrett was born in Aachen, Germany in 1980 to an American prima ballerina mother and a lawyer father. He began playing the violin at age four and by the age of seven, David studied violin at the Lübeck Conservatoire. At 12, Garrett studied with the distinguished Polish violinist Ida Haendel and performed with the London Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Russian National Orchestra, as well as with legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
Garrett began recording music at the age of 13, and appeared on German and Dutch television. At the age of 14, as the youngest soloist ever, Garrett signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft. Aged 17, he played with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta in Delhi and Mumbai in concerts marking the 50th anniversary of India’s Independence.
In his late teens, David moved to New York City and eventually became a student at Juilliard School, where he joined the studio of Itzhak Perlman, graduating in 2004. To help pay for his education, he also became a fashion model.
David’s music explores both traditional and contemporary fare. His repertoire ranges from the classics to reinterpreting pop and rock songs. In 2007, he released the album Virtuoso and he has been redefining standards in the classic and crossover scene step by step ever since. Masterful recordings of Vivaldi and Bach sit side by side on the same album as reinterpretations of Metallica and Michael Jackson. On his recent album Rock Symphonies, he delves into this fusion even more deeply by combining contemporary rock songs with classical music counterparts.
In his current band, David performs with a keyboardist, guitarist and drummers. In 2010, he earned the Guinness Book of World Record title for fastest violin playing.