David Garrett

David Garrett – born David Bongartz on September 4, 1980, in Aachen, West Germany – is an acclaimed classical crossover violinist. He was a child prodigy who studied violin at the Lübeck Academy of Music when he was just seven years old, performing his debut concert at the age of nine at the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Bavaria. David Garrett was the youngest soloist ever to be signed to the classical music label Deutsche Grammophon and began his recording career at the age of 13. As a teenager, he was mentored by acclaimed Polish violinist Ida Haendel, often travelling around Europe to meet her for tuition. He left home at the age of 17 and enrolled with London's Royal College of Music, leaving after the first term by mutual agreement between Garrett and the college. The young student fared better after enrolling at New York's famed Juilliard School of Music studying under the Israeli American violinist Itzhak Perlman. As well as becoming an accomplished concert violinist appearing with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, David Garrett has developed a successful career as a classical crossover artist. He has been credited with introducing a new generation of younger listeners to classical music through his cover versions of songs such as Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.” David Garrett’s catalog includes albums such as Violin Sonata (1995), Pure Classics (2002), Encore (2008), Classic Romance (2009), Rock Symphonies (2010), Music (2012), 14 (2013), Rock Revolution (2017), and Iconic (2022). Over the course of his career, he has also released several DVDs including In Concert & In Private (2009), Rock Symphonies: Open Air Live (2011), Legacy Live in Baden Baden (2011), and Music: Live in Concert (2012).

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