When David was four years old, his father bought a violin for his older brother. David took interest and soon learned to play. At the age of five, he won first prize in his first competition. By the age of seven, he was playing once a week in public and studied violin at the Lubeck Conservatoire.
Garrett studied one semester at the Royal College of Music in London at the age of 17. In 1999, at the age of 19, he moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School, winning the 2003 Composition Competition of Juilliard School with a fugue. While at Juilliard, Garrett studied under world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman.
For those who noticed Garrett is as good looking as he is talented, you might be interested to know while studying at Juilliard, he supplemented his income by working as a model.
David Garrett has done much to encourage and entice young people to the genre of classical music. His 2010 release, Rock Symphonies, includes an innovative mashup of U2's "Vertigo" with Vivaldi's Four Seasons while his rendition of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" appears on the 2008 album Encore.
This 2007 release, Virtuoso, includes Garrett's renditions of "La Califfa" by Morricone, "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica and "The Flight of the Bumble Bee" by Rimsky-Korsakov.
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David Garrett, violin
1. La Califfa
2. Carmen Fantaisie (with Paco Pena)
3. Nothing Else Matters
4. Csardas - Gypsy Dance
5. Duelling Banjos (Duelling strings)
6. Paganini Rhapsody (on Caprice 24)
8. The Flight of the Bumble Bee
11. Eliza's Song