Born in Aachen of German-American parentage, David Garrett developed an interest in the violin at the age of four, making his first public appearance at the age of 10 with Gerd Albrecht and the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In August 1992, he began working with the great polish violinist Ida Haendel, who has guided his artistic development ever since. David recently moved to New York as one of the first students to study with Itzhak Perlman and has now graduated from the Julliard School. The experience of working with Perlman has helped him to find himself as a musician, to develop his musical voice and to prepare himself for a life of music.
Since childhood David has performed in all the major cities in Europe and Japan, performing with international orchestras. In recent years this has included the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Paris, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Staatskapelle Dresden and many others, under the direction of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Eliahu Inbal and Mikhail Pletnev. In 1996 David performed the Elgar Violin Concerto under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin in the Vienna Musikverein.
Recent engagements have included the Flanders Philharmonic, Lisbon Sinfonietta, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra/Salomon, Rotterdam Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/Mustonen and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (at the Barbican as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival). Last season David performed in over 50 concerts on the Night of the Proms tour in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and also with the Orquesta Nacional de España/Gloria Ramos, Castilla y León Orchestra/Alejandro Posada and Deutsche Oper Orchestra Berlin/Eiji Oue.
"I am delighted to have watched David Garrett`s development from the age of eleven. He is surely going to have a resounding presence on the music world of the 21st century."
"He is one of the most gifted fourteen year olds I have ever heard, and I have to remind myself that he is indeed only fourteen!"
Isaac Stern - 1995
"Er spielt einfach wunderbar"
Yehudi Menuhin - 1997
"I consider David Garrett one of the finest young violinists in the world".
"He is an exceptional talent"
"He is a wonderful violinist with exellent technique and natural musicianship. He will always perform with artistry.“