David Garrett’s goal: Pull rock fans into the classical world
By Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY
For many classical musicians and fans, the term “crossover” evokes images of slickly marketed acts plying pop audiences with pompous pabulum. But German-born violinist David Garrett embraces the c-word as heartily as others shun it.
“Crossover music is a wonderful way for classical artists to reach out to new audiences,” Garrett says. “But your goal must be to bring those people back into your own world.” (read more)
Last years biggest selling new classical music artist is going rock: David Garrett brings listeners along on a roller coaster ride of genres colliding on his sophomore album, Rock Symphonies.
Rock Symphonies displays Garrett’s love of both classical and rock, marrying the two genres with a fierce intensity. Featuring new interpretations of his favorite rock anthems by U2, Nirvana, Metallica and Aerosmith to name a few, David’s virtuosic violin playing shines through with precision and power, backed by his band and The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. With his new Public Television concert special slated for an August broadcast, David Garrett is poised to be the breakout star of the summer. Rock Symphonies will be released on Decca July 20th. (read more)
David Garrett triumphantly returns to PBS with a new one-hour special featuring the hit-songs from his newest album, “Rock Symphonies”.Taped in HD on June 8th, 2010 at Wuhlheide Amphitheater, in the woods outside of Berlin, and before a sold-out audience of 18,000 fans,“David Garrett – Rock Symphonies” represents the virtuoso violinist’s second public television event, following on the heels of the highly successful “David Garrett Live In Berlin” PBS special, a recent sold-out U.S. tour, and appearances on Oprah, E! News and Fox & Friends. The concert showcases David Garrett’s symphony orchestra and band, including special guest guitarist Orianthi, who was prominently featured in Michael Jackson’s “This Is It”. (read more)
March 9, 2010
German-American violinist David Garrett played an impressive show at downtown San Diego’s Balboa Theatre.
I first heard of German-American violinist David Garrett a few years ago, after he made worldwide headlines for falling down a concrete flight of stairs after a holiday concert in London. Thankfully he was uninjured, minus a few scrapes and bruises. His violin, however, was not. He landed on his violin case and when he opened it, his Guadagnini, crafted in 1772, lie in pieces. He pronounced it “a mess.”
The prescription? Eight months in the repair shop, but Garrett needed his violin back sooner than that. He had another concert date in London, on Valentine’s Day. In a too-good-to-be-true twist of fate, Garrett received a Stradivarius to play days before the show, flown in special from Milan. He has played a 1710 Stradivarius ever since.