Virtuoso Violinist David Garrett Joins 9th Annual IMA Judging Panel
By age eight, David Garrett was playing 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 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. Today, the virtuoso violinist plays nightly to thousands of adoring fans, particularly in Germany and the Far East, 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. His first American release, simply entitled, David Garrett (DECCA), debuted at Number One on the Billboard Contemporary Classical Crossover charts. Garret’s arresting good looks and charisma landed him 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,” he 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.