Name: David Garrett
Geburtstag: 04. September
Geburtsort: Aachen / Germany
Wohnort: New York
Beruf: Solo Violinist
Violinen: Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1772) ; 'San Lorenzo' Stradivari (1710)
Favorite Music: Metallica, White Stripes, Marilyn Manson...
1984: Mit 4 fing David an Violine zu spielen
1992: Violinen Ausbildung bei / von Ida Haendel
1999: Er besuchte die Juilliard School of Music, die Meisterklasse von Itzhak Perlman
» 16.11.2007 - Veröffentlichung "Virtuoso"
» 07.03.2008 - Radio Regenbogen Award
» 08.05.2008 - Performance - "Classical Brit Awards"
» 28.05.2008 - Weltrekord
» 30.08.2008 - IFA Berlin - Sony
» 13.09.2008 - Proms in the Park (UK- über 40.000 Besucher!)
» 18.09.2008 - Dreamball - DKMS Gala Berlin
» 19.10.2008 - Echo Klassik Award
» 24.10.2008 - Veröffentlichung "Encore"
» 01.11.2008 - Unesco Gala
» 13.11.2008 - Man of the year - GQ Award
» 03.12.2008 - Montblanc Hamburg
» 20.12.2008 - Erneuter Weltrekord
» 14.01.2009 - Gold für "Virtuoso" & "Encore"
» 24.01.2009 - Stadion Eröffnung Rhein-Neckar-Arena
» 31.01.2009 - Landespresseball Hannover
» 21.02.2009 - Inhorgenta - Thomas Sabo Jubiläum
» 04.04.2009 - Aida Schiffstaufe
» 02.05.2009 - "Goldener Geigenbogen" - ClassiX Festival Braunschweig
» 04.05.2009 - Einladung der Bundeskanzlerin, 60 Jahre BRD
» 12.05.2009 - "Goldene Feder" Medienaward (ClassiX Festival)
» 02.06.2009 - Veröffentlichung "David Garrett" (USA)
» 09.10.2009 - Veröffentlichung DVD "Live in Private & in Concert" (Europe)
» 06.11.2009 - Veröffentlichung "Classic Romance" (Europe)
» 04.12.2009 - Veröffentlichung "Classic Romance - limited Christmas Edition" (Europe)
» 15.01.2010 - PLATIN für "Virtuoso" & "Encore" | GOLD für DVD "Classic Romance"
» 30.01.2010 - Goldene Kamera Award, Germany
Die komplette schriftliche Bio auf englisch gibt es bei www.david-garrett.com, www.deccarecords-us.com und www.decca.com:
David Garrett - Biography 2009:
“David Garrett is already the stuff of legend – in him is enshrined an entire corpus of virtuoso violin art, expounded with a fearsome beauty beyond comprehension.” BBC Music Magazine
By the time he was thirteen years old, when most of his peers were whiling away their afternoons on their new PlayStations, the virtuoso violinist David Garrett had a classical music career that would make most artists of any age pea-green with envy. Born in the German city of Aachen to an American ballerina mother and a German father who was a lawyer, David was a true child prodigy. At age eight, he was being booked to play as a soloist in front of some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Russian National Orchestra. When he was twelve, he was performing alongside legend Yehudi Menuhin. When he turned thirteen, he was signed to one of the most famous and prestigious classical music labels in the world, Deutsche Grammophon, as a solo artist.
With the demands of his fast-burgeoning career and an ultra-intense focus on classical music, David had barely heard any rock or pop music until he was a teenager. “I’d listened to nothing but classical music until the age of fourteen,” says the now 27-year-old David, who was home-schooled until that age. “So when I started going to regular school, and started to be exposed to all this pop and rock, it was a revelation.”
As a result, David has carved out a unique and wholly new artistic path, one that pays as much homage to Metallica as to Mozart. His daring journey from classical wunderkind to mature and highly adventurous artist has been fulfilling not just for him personally, but clearly resonates with an enormous worldwide audience. David Garrett is already a huge star in Europe, as well as the Far East. He plays nightly to thousands of adoring fans, particularly in Germany where he has already completed a sold-out arena tour, conquered the charts and garnered two gold discs for both of his records released there. On the famous Last Night of Proms in the UK, he played to a crowd of 40,000 people, and also appeared at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in an impressive six concerts in seven days. His sole album released in the UK became a Top 20 chart fixture.
Now, he’s set to conquer a whole new terrain with his first American release, simply entitled, David Garrett. His international career is multi-faceted. With arresting good looks and charisma, David landed a deal as a global brand ambassador for Banana Republic in 2009, and has additional endorsements overseas with brands including Audi and Montblanc. Dubbed, “the fastest violinist in the world,” by German paper Kolner Stadt-Anzeigere, the incredible violinist will be in the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records, as the fastest-ever performer of the Flight of the Bumblebee, clocking in at a blistering 66 seconds.
David has long been one to forge his own path in the world. As a teenager in Germany, with a glorious, but grueling, classical career of international symphony concerts and recordings, he ached to escape the confines of classical music. Without telling his parents, he fled to New York to at last sample the life of a “normal” adolescent, with every temptation imaginable at his fingertips. The classical violin was put aside as he discovered rock music, clubs and girls.
He eventually rediscovered his passion for the violin during his rebellious phase, and decided to audition at the world famous Juilliard music school. He was accepted, and to his surprise, taken on by the legendary violinist, Itzhak Perlman. While at Juilliard, David began taking on odd jobs to pay the bills – moonlighting as a busboy and modeling in his spare time. Not surprisingly, he eventually landed in the pages of Vogue and the Fashion Week catwalks for Armani, all the while pursuing his musical dreams.
“Before Juilliard I’d lived in a shell, spending 24 hours a day with adults,” he reflects. Living in New York and going to Juilliard opened David’s eyes, and ears, to whole worlds he had been missing while he’d been off practicing the classical music canon seven hours a day. He says that coming into his own as a musician was a kind of liberation, one which freed him from the expectations of the small and insular classical music world. “Everyone told me not to make mistakes,” he recalls. “But when I was eighteen I thought, ‘F*** it, I want to make mistakes!’ At that point, I felt a little burned out with classical music and wanted to do something new and fun.”
You know you’re in for a different kind of violin experience as soon as you hear David’s cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” At an after-hours party at David’s New York apartment one night, someone shouted out a special request for this song when David was improvising for his guests, and the violinist took on the challenge. He is perhaps the first person to draw a parallel between Michael Jackson and Mozart’s writing styles: “I was working on the Mozart A Major violin concerto around the same time I was working this out, and I couldn’t help but notice an underlying harmonic pattern in ‘Smooth Criminal’ that was similar to the famous Turkish march from the last movement of that Mozart concerto.” At the end of the track, he skillfully combines the two works.
Other influences on David include Queen (“the first non-classical album I ever bought was A Night at the Opera,” the violinist recalls). The band’s ballad “Who Wants to Live Forever” makes its way onto David Garrett, as does AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” The violinist draws on a fantastic array of other stylistic inspirations. “He’s a Pirate” was taken from the score for the smash film franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean.” David says, “I’ve always loved film music, and this score just delivered the right amount of power and seriousness to counterpoint the rather funny story.” Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” makes an appearance as well; it’s been a longtime favorite which David always used first as a backstage warm-up before performances, and then as a staple in his dynamic live shows.
Given his enduring commitment to his first musical love, David (who was dubbed “Formula One on the strings” by the major German newspaper, Kölnische Rundschau) still includes some classical selections on this American debut, including the last movement of Vivaldi’s “Summer” from his hugely popular The Four Seasons (“keeping the original structure, but creating a new sound that captures the energy of rock”), and Bach’s Air, which gets a daring modern twist. David argues that so much of Bach’s music was based on the popular dance forms of his time, ones that he says are “actually quite similar to modern dance music”—why not give Air an R&B update?
Not to be satisfied with just doing innovative and imaginative covers of music from such a wide variety of genres, David also displays his own deft writing skills with notable originals, including “Chelsea Girl,” which was inspired by an on-again/off-again flame. “
David says that in many ways David Garrett is the ultimate result of his musical journey. He calls it “one hell of a project,” but he means that in the best way. “I’ve put everything into it,” he recounts, “my time, my emotions, my musical integrity, my technical playing, my arrangements and new pieces—everything.”
The lauded conductor and Kennedy Center Honoree Zubin Mehta put it best when he said, “David Garrett is surely going to have a resounding presence on the music world of the 21st century.”
Part maverick, part genius, total virtuoso, David Garrett, 25, has been surprising people since before he was four years old. It was then that his father gave him a violin (he was having a tantrum because his older brother had a violin teacher) and, without any lessons, the toddler picked it up and began playing. Fast forward just four years and David was already one of the foremost violinists in the world working with the most celebrated teachers and performing solos with legendary orchestras and conductors.
"After two months without a teacher I was playing better than my brother," laughs David now (his brother promptly gave up and took up piano, by the way). "I think my parents thought there must be some talent there, so they started to send me out to teachers."
Working with the best teachers available in his native Germany, where his German father was a lawyer, his American mother a professional ballet dancer, David performed in front of an audience for the first time at the age of four.
From the age of eight, with a management team already behind him, David was playing solo with leading international orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Russian National Orchestra and attracting the attention of the world's foremost music teachers and conductors, namely Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado and Mikhail Pletnev. He even performed under the direction of the legendary Yehudi Menuhin. "I'm flabbergasted when I listen to recordings of myself at that age," says David, without a hint of vanity. "It is kind of weird to hear someone so young play so well, even if it is me." Mind you, at the time, while his friends were becoming experts at PlayStation, he was putting in seven hours practice a day.
With his father, a musician himself, mentoring him and with major tours requiring home tuition, David was rather isolated as a child and, in his own words, something of a "geek". "I'd listened to nothing but classical music until the age of 14," he says. "So when I started going to regular school, and started to be exposed to all this pop and rock, it was a revelation." He was particularly taken with hard rock - about as far away as you can get from the Beethoven and Mozart he was already well known for. "In school I was the odd guy," he says. "But I'm good at adapting. Image and clothes became important and I started downloading Hendrix, Led Zeppelin…" And he still has great respect for the rock heroes, insisting that you have to be in total control of your instrument to be able to pull it off like they do. Well, if anyone should know…
He even learnt to play guitar, though he says he never got really good at it (it's all relative), mainly so he could write his own compositions, something which the violin doesn't lend itself to. But despite stepping away from total immersion in classical music, David had not yet learned to rebel. That would come when he secretly set up auditions for himself at what is arguably the world's most famous music school, Juilliard in New York City, in order to study with his hero Itzhak Perlman while using a visit to his older brother who was studying at Harvard as cover. Unsurprisingly, considering he had already made several recordings and toured extensively, he made the grade, even though it wasn't his first taste of music school: he'd actually been expelled from the Royal College of Music in London for general non-attendance and for breaking into the teachers' rooms with a credit card to use their musical facilities!
"My parents didn't want me to go to Juilliard," says David, with a laugh, admitting that for most parents it would be a dream come true. "They thought I didn't need it. But I needed to escape their influence. I actually found it musically cleansing. Before Juilliard I'd lived in a shell, spending 24 hours a day with adults. So to meet other musicians my age and to have a break from being treated like this child genius was a relief." He also found that he had injured himself playing so much, wrecking his back and shoulders while recording the 24 Paganini Caprices for Deutsche Grammophon at age 15, meaning that the break from the performance circuit came as a huge bonus.
It was while studying at Juilliard that David was spotted by a model scout while out partying. Soon he was supplementing his meagre student income with assignments for magazines like Vogue and labels like Armani, appearing not only in glossy magazines but in runway shows. In fact, his college days and after he left were hugely enjoyable for David, who realised he had been something of a slave to music during his childhood. He discovered nightclubs, parties and good times ("I've definitely not left anything out," he says) and started surfing, "just well enough to impress the ladies."
With a new pad in New York's funky Hell's Kitchen, where West Side Story was set, he found himself in the middle of it all: close to the cultural life of the Lincoln Center but near enough to the club culture of Chelsea and the West Village. It was this new feeling of freedom, coupled with a talent that had been refreshed by his time at Juilliard, that led to what he thinks of as his first album ("Free", Decca), never mind that he has a ridiculously lengthy catalogue for someone his age.
"This is the first one where I'm in charge," he says. "The producing, the arranging, the composing, it's totally my project. The record company trusted my instincts, gave me the freedom to experiment and I came up with all this stuff."
And so the virtuoso maverick arrives. With his natural talent, the input of the finest music teachers in the world and a spirit unusual in the sometimes fusty world of classical music, David has emerged as fully-formed, fully-rounded - not to mention highly attractive - artist. He has already played for Popes and princes and presidents (the German President saw David when he was just 11 and was so impressed he actually set about securing him a priceless 1710 Stradivarius: "I used to leave violins on buses and in hotel rooms when I was younger, but not this one") but a whole new audience awaits.