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David Garrett Biography

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Born: 1981/09/04
Birth Place: Aachen, Germany
Years Active: ca. 1988 -
Genres: Classical, Crossover

David Garrett (born September 4, 1980 as David Bongartz) is a record breaking German/American classical violinist and recording artist. David is said to be the world's fastest violin player, able to perform 13 notes per second.

At the age of 13, Garrett recorded two albums, appeared on German and Dutch television, and gave a concert in the residence of the Federal Republic of Germany President, the Villa Hammerschmidt, at Dr. von Weizsäcker’s personal invitation. He was offered the use of the famous Stradivarius "San Lorenzo" violin which is among the best instruments ever crated. 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.

Two years later, Garrett played with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester in Berlin, under the direction of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and was hailed by critics. This led to an invitation to perform at Expo 2000 in Hannover.

At the age of 21, he was invited to perform at the BBC Proms. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City and was one of the first students to study there with maestro violinist Itzhak Perlman. While studying at Juilliard, Garrett supplemented his income by working as a model.

In Autumn 2007, Garrett was chosen by the Montegrappa firm as an ambassador for the launch of the new pens from the “Tributo ad Antonio Stradivari” collection. Garrett has been offered a Stradivarius from the “Gli Archi di Palazzo Comunale” collection.

Garrett's 2008 album “Encore” pursues an aim of arousing young people’s interest in classical music. The release contains arrangements and compositions of his own of pieces and melodies that have accompanied him in his life so far. Together with his band, consisting of keyboard, guitar and drums, he gives concerts that include classical sonatas (accompanied by a concert grand piano), arrangements, and compositions, as well as "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica which was performed on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) presentation “David Garrett: Live in Berlin” recorded in January 2009.

Garrett joined the 9th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.

Garrett's album, “Rock Symphonies,” was released 20 July 2010 in USA/Canada and on September 24 in Germany/Switzerland/Austria.