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David was born in Aachen on 4th september 1980 of American mother and German father.

His father, large amateur of violin and string instruments antique dealer, often received at home experienced violinists.

When David was four, his father brought back a violin to his older brother.

The little David, already an hot-headed temper, wanted to do the same and he insisted very much to playing too.

His ability and his interest to play caused the admiration of all his entourage.

At the age of 5, he toke part in a competition and succeeded it with awards.

He was 7 and he played already in public once a week.

He went to the Lubeck Conservatoire, then he studied in Berlin.

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At the age of 9, he played a Mozart Concert with Orchestra.

At the age of 10, as a child prodigy, he made his public début, using the surname of his mother, giving his first Concert “Zigeunerweissen” by Pablo de Sarasate, with the conductor Gerd Albrecht and the Hambourg Philharmonic Orchestra.

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At the age of 12, he began working with the great polish violinist Ida Haendel, often travelling to London and the other european cities, and even to Miami to meet her. The sensible advice of the great Lady were precious for the future musical development of David.

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At the age of 13, he had already recorded two CDs and appeared on German and Dutch television.

He gave a concert in the residence of the Federal Republic of Germany President, the villa Hammerschmidt, at Dr. von Weizsâcker’s personal invitation.

He was offered the possibility to use the famous Stradivarius “San Lorenzo”, which is among the best instruments of the “golden period”.

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At the age of 14, as the youngest soloist ever, he signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon.

Between the ages of 10 and 15, he had a private schooling. He had no contact with children of his age. At this time, he didn’t think that it was out of the ordinary because he knew nothing else.

At the age of 17, he played with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta in Delhi and Bombay with regard to the fiftieth anniversary of India’s Independence.

At the age of 19, he played with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchster under the direction of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos in Berlin and was unanimously celebrated by the critics. Then, David was invited to perform at the Expo 2000 in Hannover.

After a bad experience at the Royal College of Music in London, he realized that his chilhood had been quite odd. He was his violin's slave, and at the time it was his only friend. He then started to discover the real life and wanted to catch up lost time, by enjoying life.

At the age of 21, he was invited to perform at the "Night of the Proms ”. It was very exciting to play as a “PopStar” in front of 600 000 people in just two months. He met a lot of young people, “wonderful people” he said. He never will forget that. As he was charismatic and sociable, he fascined and had a big success with girls...

In the same way, he is very interested by this idea to bring young people to the classical music.

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He moved to New York and entered at the Juilliard School as one of the first students to study with Itzhak Perlman. In the same time, he will supplement his income by working as a model.

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The experience of working with Perlman has helped him indentify himself as a musician, to develop his musical voice and to prepare himself for a life of music. He graduated from the Juilliard School with many awards in 2004. He left New York and his close friends with regret to come back in Germany and perform in Europe.

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In 2003, he got a Giovanni-Battista Guadagnini "ex Baron Von Gause"from 1770.

Since 2009, David has played the “Ex A. Busch” Stradivarius (1716)

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Since childhood, he has performed on the greatest halls of the world, either in chamber music and recital, either as soloist with more than 40 great international orchestras:

Academy of St Martin of the Fields,

Auburn Symphony,

Bielefelder Philharmoniker Orchestra,

Century orchestra Osaka,

Czech National Symphony Orchestra,

Deutsche Berlin Oper Orchestra ,

Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Hong Kong Symphonic Orchestra ,

I Musici Orchestra,

I Solisti Fiorentini

Israel Chamber Orchestra,

Israel Symphony Orchestra,

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

London Philharmonic Orchestra,

Los Angeles Philharmonic,

Maggio Formazione Orchestra,

Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg,

Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria,

Orquesta Nacional de España,

Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina,

Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali

Orquestra Nacional do Porto,

Orquestra Petrobras Pro-Musica,

Orchestra Sinfonica do Lisboa,

Orchestre de Chambre Europeen,

Orchestre de Chambre de Tallinn,

Orchestre de Gulbenkian,

Orchestre de Jerusalem,

Orchestre National de Lyon,

Orchestre National de Paris,

Orchestre National de Russie,

Orchestre Philharmonique des Flandres,

Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège,

Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg,

Orchestre philharmonique de Moscou,

Orchestre de la radio de Rotterdam,

Orchestre Symphonique Neuchatelois

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,

Saarländischer Rundfunkorchester,

Saarländisches Staatorchester Saarbrücken,

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra,

Sinfonieorchester Aachen,

Sinfonia Lahti,

Staatskapelle Dresden,

Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra,

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra,

Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

etc...

under the direction of the most great conductors such as:

Claudio Abbado,

Gerd Albrecht,

Elisabeth Atti,

Herbert Blomstedt,

Daniele Callegari,

Oswaldo Colarusso,

Charles Dutoit,

Kevin John Edusei,

Dan Ettinger,

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,

Michael Goodwin,

Gunter Herbig,

Eliahu Inbal,

Graeme Jenkins,

Seikyo Kim

Pavel Kogan,

Jiri Kout,

Louis Langrée,

Giuseppe Lanzetta,

Nino Lepore

Jun Märkl,

Uri Mayer,

Sir Neville Marriner,

Zubin Mehta,

Yehudi Menuhin,

Naoto Otomo,

Gabor Ötvos

Eiji Oue,

George Pehlivanian

Mikhail Pletnev,

Arild Remmereit,

Yves Senn,

Gil Shohat,

Giuseppe Sinopolis,

Leonard Slatkin,

Hubert Soudant,

Yuli Turovsky,

Osmö Vänskä,

Mario Venzago,

Yuri Simonov

etc...

He is accompanied by pianists such as:

Bruno Canino,

Milana Chernyavska,

Massimiliano Ferrati

Daniel Gortler,

Itamar Golan,

Hiroko Komoriya,

Rebecca Holt,

Irina Leveleva,

David Lively,

Valentina Lisitsa,

Alexander Markovich,

John Milbauer,

Paula Peluso,

Evan Solomon,

Jonathan Zak,

etc...

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In recent years, David performed all over the world:

Europe (Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland etc...),

America (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, United States etc...),

and Asia (Korea, Israel, Japan etc...).

He was Laureate of the Festival de Verbier . He was also invited to the Keshet Eilon Music Festival.

Recommendations by Sir Neville Marriner prompted invitations leading him to Milan (February 2007, Brahm’s Violin Concert) and to Israel in May 2007, where he played 11 concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (the Mozart Concert in G Major, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the Paganini Concert No. 2 “La Campanella”). The conductor was George Pehlivanian, who immediately invited him to play with his orchestra in Ljubljana in October 2008.

In February 2008, David Garrett toured the US with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. With Sir Neville Marriner, he will once again perform the Violin Concert by Elgar in April 2008. In the summer 2008, he will take part in the Verbier Festival again.

Stylistically flexible, he developed a versatile repertoire from Bach and Mozart, including the great classical violin concerts of Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky and the rarely played violin concerts by Conus, Schumann and Dvorák up to the virtuosic pieces by Waxman, Ravel and Saint-Saëns, commending him worldwide as an exceptional soloist with infatuatingly pure sounds and youthful spirit.

Developing young people’s enthusiasm for classical concerts is close to David Garrett’s heart. As a result, he decided in spite of considerable opposition to record a crossover album with various arrangements and his own compositions of pieces and melodies that he has been involved with time and again in his life up to this point.

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The repertoire goes from opera arias, film music, up to “Nothing else matters” by Metallica. In this context he likes to give regular interviews in all media that arouse interest in predominantly young audiences.

The overwhelming success of his CD release and sold out concerts (both cross-over concerts and purely classical ones) speak for themselves. In Germany, Virtuoso is amongst the most successful CD projects of 2008 and, amongst others, was awarded the ECHO Classic in the category “Classical music without borders”. In Germany as well as in Great Britain and South East Asia, the album was in the top 20 of the pop charts. In October, the second crossover album by David Garrett was published under the title “Encore” with the same overwhelming success!

After giving many sold out “Virtuoso” concerts, he was be heard in November 2008 and will be in May 2009 with a pure duo programme including works by Beethoven, Grieg and Sarasate in the Berlin Philharmonie, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Munich Herkulessaal, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cologne Philharmonie, Frankfurt Alte Oper as well as in the Vienna Konzerthaus. His next crossover concerts in the Munich Olympiahall, the Berlin Tempodrom, the Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle as well as the Cologne Arena will be in January 2009.

In autumn 2007, David has been chosen by the “Montegrappa” firm (whose the articles are distributed by Montblanc throughout the world) as an ambassador for the launch of the new pens from the  "Tributo ad Antonio Stradivari" collection . The event took place in several different venues, such as: Rome, New York, Hong Kong, Moscow, Dubai, Berlin, Hamburg...  On this occasion,  David has been offered a Stradivari from the “Gli Archi di Pallazzo Comunale” collection.

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sources:

david garrett official website

decca

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samonpromotion

http://www.gayantexpoconcerts.com/pages/retro/2003notproms/2003notp_detail.htm

http://www.notp.com/?country=en&menuitem=1

http://www.jose-sanchez-penzo.net/ihaendel.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itzhak_Perlman

http://www.sanctuarygroup.com/mmp/video/?show=davidgarrett

http://www.filharmonija.si/index/English/Gallery/

http://www.musica-esp.pt/FIME_Galeria_Fotos_2006.html

http://tvtotal.prosieben.de/components/videoplayer/1104/1104-00-05-index.html

http://www.massimilianoferrati.com/ferrati_garrett.htm

http://www.corriere.it/vivimilano/concerti/articoli/2007/02_Febbraio/23/garrett.shtml

http://www.montegrappa.com/genioAward.php

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