Violinist David Garrett has built a reputation for his fearless playing and genre-defying repertoire (he has won awards in both classical and pop categories). A genuine child prodigy, he became the youngest artist to sign with Deutsche Grammophon at 13; aged 15, he recorded all 24 Caprices by Paganini, famously among the most difficult pieces written for violin. He studied at The Juilliard School in New York with Itzhak Perlman and has been described by Yehudi Menuhin as “the greatest violinist of his generation”.
Over the past two decades David Garrett has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors and reached new audiences around the globe with his classical and crossover repertoire.
Late last year he released a new album, Iconic, which pays homage to the great violinists of the golden age. It represents a personal selection of repertoire gems, including new arrangements for violin, guitar and orchestra of pieces by Bach, Gluck, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Dvorák, and Kreisler, among others. Having been specially arranged for violin, guitar, and orchestra, these pieces take on a fresh, intimate, and distinctive character.
Garrett is joined for this concert by his guitarist and co-arranger, Franck van der Heijden, who also directs Orchestra The Prezent. “I’ve recorded many virtuoso albums myself,” says the violinist. “This time it was particularly important to me to refocus on the essentials, on what really speaks to the heart.”
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