David Garrett – Interview for Romanian Magazine Revista CARIERE

O Facebook de David partilhou há pouco uma entrevista que este deu à revista Romena CARIERE. A tradução em Inglês encontra-se em baixo, para lerem o texto original, basta clicar na foto. Obrigada!

David’s Facebook share, a while ago, an interview David gave to Romanian magazine CARIERE. The English translation can be read below, for the original text, just click on the photo. Thank you!

Tradução em Inglês
English Translation

1. David, you have been hugely successful with your classical concerts in Romania. Are you surprised about the size of your success here and did it trigger you to want to come here with your crossover show as well?

Yes, it certainly surprised me. In the last few years there have been many places in the world where I came on stage literally with my mouth open because I really did not expect so many people to be there. It’s a dream come true for any artist! In Romania, it was also amazing that my concert at the Enescu Festival sold out so quickly. For me that’s not a given. A lot of wonderful artists struggle to have an audience and I feel really lucky and blessed to have so many fans and supporters. It’s really unbelievable sometimes.

2. While studying at Juilliard School in New York, you also did modeling to supplement your income. How would you describe and name that period of your life?

I think, especially during that age between 20 and 23 you try to find yourself, you try to find out what you want to do with your life. I had just moved away from my parents, who had a very specific view of what I needed to do in life. But I needed to find my own way. I always knew I wanted to do something with music but I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to be a concert violinist. So during the time in New York I tried to work through my studies as good as I can but also find something which would make me happy.

3. You went to the prestigious Juilliard School against your parents’ wishes. Why were your parents against it?

Well, you have to understand I had signed a record contract when I was 13 years old with probably the most establisted classical label, Deutsche Grammophon, and recorded 5 albums until I was 18. Looking back, this is really very rare that somebody does so much work at such a young age with so many great musicians. So looking back I do understand my father who was a little skeptical of me going back to college and not performing for 4 years. That being said, it just felt right so I had to do it. So looking back from my perspective it was absolutely the right choice.

4. You had a very busy childhood. In retrospect – did your career move too fast for a child?

Yes. I would not suggest doing that much when you’re so young. It’s a very difficult balance between going to school and touring and building up a career. I really wouldn’t recommend to do it in such a high intensity at such a young age.

5. Do you consider yourself a rebel?

No, not at all. I have my own mind, that’s very important. But so does everybody. I would consider myself someone who’s stubborn with his ideas, at least to some degree. If I have something I truly believe in, I go for it.

6. Do you like the fact that you are considered the successor of Paganini?

Those are big words. I’m not a fan of big words, I’m a fan of doing big things. For me, everyday is a challenge to be the best I can. That’s not only with the violin, but as a human being. And if at the end of the day I had a productive day, that has more value to me than any words.

7. You were passed in May 2008 Guinness Book as the fastest violinist. Was the record important to you?

It was fun, but I didn’t expect anybody to write about it, honestly. For me, the technique is mandatory when you want to be a good violinist. Nathan Milstein always said you can either play or you can’t play. So, being able to play virtuosic pieces falls into the first category, and for me that was only normal.

8. You have said many times that you are an admirer of Enescu. What do you appreciate about him?

I actually even have a direct link to Enescu, because my teacher Ida Haendel was a student of his. And I also worked a lot with Yehudi Menuhin who was also a student of Enescu. For me Enescu was someone who really truly inspired two of my favorite violinists which I was lucky enough to also work with. That’s quite a connection which I’m very proud of.

9. What is your most cherished moment in your career so far?

Being able to have a good relationship to family and friends even while touring, that’s probably the most important.

10. Do you think the choice of such a career as a violinist is a matter of destiny?

I’m not a big believer in destiny. I’m more of a believer in work and repetition. I think if you knock at a door 100 times, somebody will open.

11. You said, at one point, that classical music is as accessible as rock, r & b, jazz or any other popular genre. Why do you think it has the image of not being as accessible?

I think it’s the visual. Forgive me for being that blunt but going to a classical hall is definitely an event but it’s also far from what young people expect of a concert. On top of that the attire of the orchestra doesn’t help… I see both sides, though. Of course I understand the tradition, but in the end the music does not change with your clothes. There is no correlation between what you wear, how you look and the quality of the music. And if there is no correlation between those things, I find it so much more reasonable to reach a wider audience with just being who you are in the 21st century.

12. What do you see yourself doing in the future?

I think the most important thing is to enjoy what you do, to take your time, to stay healthy, and to feel inspired. When I look into the future, I hope those things will be a huge part of my daily life.

13. If you were not a violinist, what else would you have liked to do?

I think there would have been a lot of things I would have enjoyed doing. Just inside the music industry even. I love producing, I love writing, I love doing chamber music. Apart from music, I like architecture or interior design even. For me, beauty has to do with aesthetics, and architecture and interior design is something that I enjoy in my private life.

14. Would you please send a message for those who will come to see you this year at the Romanian concerts?

After playing a Tchaikowsky concerto in Bucharest last season, it’s very exciting for me to be finally coming with my band, too. The crossover program is a totally different side of me and I am very much looking forward to presenting it and enjoying music together!

Thank you very much!

Fonte/Source: Facebook David Garrett,


David Garrett – “Music – Live in Concert” – Canal 22 México

O Facebook de David anunciou há pouco que no próximo sábado, dia 7 de Julho, o canal Canal 22 México, irá transmitir o concerto “Music – Live in Concert”, às 23h, hora local. A quem conseguir ver, aproveitem a oportunidade, pois vai valer a pena ver e ouvir!

David’s Facebook just announced that next Saturday, July 7th, Canal 22 México will broadcast “Music – Live in Concert”, at 11pm, local time. If you can watch it, take this opportunity, it will be worth it!

Fonte/Source: Facebook David Garrett,
Facebook Canal 22 México

David Garrett – Interview for Bulgarian Impressio.dir.bg

Há algumas horas o Facebook de David partilhou uma entrevista que este deu ao site Bulgaro impressio.dir.bg. Para lerem o artigo original, pro favor cliquem na imagem. Em baixo encontra-se o texto em Inglês. Espero que gostem!

A few hours ago, David’s Facebook shared an interview David gave to Bulgarian website Impressio.dir.bg. To read the original article, please click on the photo. Below is the English text. Enjoy!

Texto em Inglês /English text:

1. David, you are among the most exciting musicians of our time. Have you achieved all your dreams?

David Garrett: Absolutely not! There is still so much I dream about for which I will hopefully have enough time and energy to do. I think you should never stop dreaming or looking for new challenges as long as you live.

2. You were only 11 when your first Stradivari was presented to you by the German President Richard von Weizsacker. What are your memories of that moment?

David Garrett: He actually didn’t present it that night. I was 11 year old and I played at the Villa Hammerschmidt, where the residence of the President was at that time. It was only a few weeks later I got the news that Richard von Weizsäcker was the initiator of getting me such a beautiful instrument. It was definitely a very exciting experience to be playing such a great instrument at such a young age.

3. At the age of 18, you left home to study at Juliard School in New York. Did you know back then what you want to do with your life?

David Garrett: I don’t think any 18 year old person knows exactly what they want and there is no shame in that. On the contrary, I think that’s perfectly normal. But I have to say I knew which direction I wanted to go. I certainly felt I needed to do something with music, and if it hadn’t felt like the right thing to do, I would have stopped. I didn’t put myself under pressure. It was something I wanted to try and luckily it worked out for me.

4. Your father is German and your mother is American. Which of the cultures is closer to you, German or American?

David Garrett: Probably German, just because I spent my first 18 years in Germany. I think while growing up, things influence you more than later in life.

5. You’ve been called “the modern Paganini”, “the Jimmy Handrix among violinists”, “the David Beckam of classical music”. Do you feel like any of these descriptions fit?

David Garrett: I don’t think they need to fit. I think they are huge compliments and I feel almost embarrassed to hear them. But of course they are a motivation. If somebody gives you such a huge compliment it makes you strive for something better. So thank you for anyone who says this about me, I feel very blessed to have such great motivation in my life.

6. You’ve said that Niccolo Paganini is your idol. Is it only his music you find appealing or do you feel a personal connection to his character as well?

David Garrett: Actually, it’s not necessarily even the music he wrote, it’s what he did for the violin. There’s this famous quote from John Lennon saying there was guitar before Jimi Hendrix and guitar after Jimi Hendrix. He really changed the way people heard or listened or wanted to play the guitar. The same thing goes for Niccolo Paganini. Without his inventions, without his creativity on the instrument itself, the violin repertoire would not exist in the way we know it today. So for me, that’s the biggest accomplishment ever.

7. How did director Bernard Rose choose you for the leading role of “The Devil’s Violinist”?

David Garrett: I think, first and foremost because I can play the violin. When you do a movie about a violin player, it’s pretty logical to look for someone who can play the instrument. Especially because there were a lot of music scenes. I certainly don’t have the ambition to be a great actor. But for this movie I felt being a musician, being a violinist, I can certainly relate to a lot of the situations. That’s why I agreed to do it. It’s still a little bit of a miracle to me that I did it. Every once in a while I browse through Netflix and the movie shows up and I’m like “That’s pretty cool!”.

8. You’ve been trying for years to excite especially young people for classical music, like with your concert at Palazzo Duomo in Milan in front of 50.000 people. Do you feel like an ambassador for classical music?

David Garrett: For me the word ambassador is just too political. I like to bring people together, I like to have harmony. Music is something which connects people. And I like to be a musical connecter.

9. Has the classical scene and audience changed in the last 10 years?

David Garrett: Oh, absolutely! Especially because the music is evolving – a lot of my colleagues, a lot of people have been super inventive in their own way. So the audience has changed, the demographic is much younger, also thanks to the exposure on social media and the internet. Anyone who is talented and who’s good has the possibility of exposure now. When it comes to good performers that’s life changing, especially for classical music.

10. Does your “Rock’n‘Roll” tattoo carry a special message?

David Garrett: Well, rock’n’roll doesn’t only relate to the music genre, it’s a little bit a way of life. You know, not to be too stuck up, to be flexible, to be spontaneous, to embrace life and the good things life brings. So for me that’s the statement.

11. You’ve shared that you travel 340 days a year sometimes. Do you have time for private life and love?

David Garrett: I think everybody has time for love. I have a wonderful family, I have great friends who have been there for me for many, many years. For me, this is all I can wish for. When we’re talking about marriage my own family, I would like to wait a little longer.

12. What music do you like to listen to when relaxing?

David Garrett: Sometime I just sit at the piano and play things which go through my head, mainly tunes which I come up with. When it comes to music from other people I really like to – I know this sounds old school – but just turn on the radio sometimes.

13. You’ll be in Sofia on the 6th of June and we expect to see a unique crossover production – a mix of rock and gorgeous ballads mixed with classical music. Should we also expect some surprises?

David Garrett: In the end, I think the foundation of a good show is the quality of the music – that’s the most important. For me, it’s always a surprise to go on stage, too, because I never know how the audience will feel and how it will react. So I’m just as curious about the show as you guys!

Fonte/Source: impressio.dir.bg

David Garrett – August concert replacement

O Facebook de David anunciou há minutos que, apesar de David se sentir muito melhor e de estar a recuperar positivamente, os médicos ainda não o autorizam a tocar. Por esse motivo, no concerto de Agosto com a Marijnsky-Orchestra e o maestro Valery Gergiev, David será substituído por Daniel Lozakovich. Para verem a publicação original, por favor cliquem aqui. Mais uma vez aproveito para desejar a David uma rapida recuperação, esperando que em breve possa voltar aos palcos. Obrigada!

David’s Facebook announced minutes ago, the although David is feeling much better and is positively recovering, the doctors still do not authorize him to play. For that reason, David will be replaced by Daniel Lozakovich, at the August concert with the Marijnsky-Orchestra under the conductorship of Valery Gergiev. To read the original post, please click here. Again, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish David a quick recovery, hoping that he’ll come back on stage very soon. Thank you!

Fonte/Source: Facebook David Garrett

Fonte/ Source: Facebook David Garrett, Photo © Christoph Köstlin

David Garrett – June “Explosive Live” concerts postponed

O Facebook de David anunciou há pouco que, apesar de David se encontrar melhor, os médicos ainda não o autorizam a tocar. Por esse motivo, os concertos da digressão “Explosive Live” em Bucareste e Sofia serão adiados para Setembro e o concerto com em Munique com a Munich Philharmonic, David será substituído pelo tenor Juan Diego Florez. As novas datas para os concertos da digressão Explosive Live encontram-se em baixo. Poderão ainda ler o comunicado original aqui. Aproveito ainda para desejar a David as rápidas melhoras 🙂 .

Actualização: O concerto em Linz, com a Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin e a maestro Alondra de la Parra, no dia 16 de Julho, será adiado por um periodo indefinido.


David’s Facebook just announced that David is feeling better, however his doctors still no allow him to play. For that reason, the “Explosive Live” concerts in Bucharest and Sofia will be postponed to September and the concert in Munich with the Munich Philharmonic, David will be replaced by tenor Juan Diego Florez. The new dates of the “Explosive Live” are bellow. You’ll be able to read the original announcement here. I also want to take this opportunity to wish David a quick recovery 🙂 .

Update: The Linz concert with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and conductor Alondra de la Parra, on 16th July will be postponed for an indefinite period.

Crossover Concert Dates:

Sofia, Arena Armeec, on 6th June will take place on 29th September.
Bucharest, Sala Palatului, on 8th June will take place on 13th September.
Bucharest, Sala Palatului, on 9th June will take place on 14th September.

*Os bilhetes já comprados continuam válidos*
*Purchased tickets remain valid for the new concert dates*

Fonte/Source: Facebook David Garrett,
Photo © Christoph Köstlin

Fonte/Source: Facebook David Garrett, Photo © Christoph Köstlin

David Garrett – Explosive Live – Merida

Segundo o Facebook de David, este a sua banda irão levar a digressão Explosive Live a Mérida, México, dia 31 de Outubro. A venda de bilhetes começará em breve! Obrigada.

According to David’s Facebook, David and his band will be taking the Explosive Live Tour to Merida, Mexico, on October 31st. The ticket sale will start soon! Thank you.

Fonte/Source: Facebook David Garrett

David Garrett & Orchestra Sinfonia Nazionale della Rai – Rai5

O canal de televisão Italiano Rai5, irá transmitir hoje, pelas 21h15, hora local, o concerto de David com a Orchestra Sinfonia Nazionale della Rai, orientado pelo maestro Ryan McAdams. O referido canal tem um livestream disponível, mas penso que apenas para Itália. Mesmo assim, quem conseguir ver, espero que goste!

The Italian tv channel Rai5, will broadcast today at 9:15pm, local time, David’s concert with the Orchestra Sinfonia Nazionale della Rai and conducted by Ryan McAdams. The said tv channel does have a livestream available, however I believe it’s just for Italy. Even so, to those of you who’ll be able to watch, I hope you enjoy it!

Fonte/Source: Rai5

David Garrett – “Explosive Live!” Mexico – Tickets

Segundo o Facebook de David, os bilhetes para os concertos no México, em Novembro, começam hoje a ser postos à venda exclusivamente para clientes Santander MX e amanhã começará a venda ao público em geral. Em baixo, encontram-se os links para a compra dos referidos bilhetes, para os respectivos espectáculos. Obrigada!

According to David’s Facebook, the tickets for the Mexico concerts in November, has starts today exclusively for Santander MX customers, general sale will start tomorrow. Below are the links to purchase the tickets for each respective show. Thank you!

02 November – México City http://bit.ly/DavidGarrett_CDMX
04 November – Guadalajara http://bit.ly/DavidGarrettGDL
07 November – Monterrey http://bit.ly/DavidGarrett_MTY

Fonte/Source: Facebook David Garrett

David Garrett – “Explosive Live!” Mexico – November

O Facebook de David acabou de anunciar 3 datas de concertos no México, no âmbito da digressão “Explosive Live!”. As datas são as seguintes:

– 02 Novembro – México City Auditorio Nacional
– 04 Novembro – Guadalajara Auditorio TELMEX
– 07 Novembro – Monterrey Arena Monterrey

A pré-venda de bilhetes começa a 3 e 4 de Maio, exclusivamente via Santander MX. Obrigada!


David’s Facebook just announced 3 concert dates for the “Eplosive Live!” tour in Mexico, next November. The dates are the following:

02 November – México City Auditorio Nacional
04 November – Guadalajara Auditorio TELMEX
07 November – Monterrey Arena Monterrey

Pre-sale for these concerts will start on May 3rd and 4th exclusively via Santander MX. Thank you!

Fonte/Source: Facebook David Garrett

David Garrett & Itzhak Perlman – 1 photo

Há algumas horas, o Facebook de David e de Itzhak Perlman publicaram uma foto tirada aos dois, em Março, durante a ante-estreia do filme Itzhak the Film. Espero que gostem!

A few hours ago, David’s Facebook as well as Itzhak Perlman‘s Facebook, published a photo of the two during the premiere of the “Itzhak the Film“. Enjoy!

Fonte/Source: Facebook Itzhak Perlman

Source: Facebook Itzhak Perlman

David Garrett – “Music Live in Concert” Antena 3 – Romania

Segundo o Facebook de David e o canal Romeno Antena 3, hoje às 23h, hora local, será transmitido no referido canal de televisão, o concerto “Music Live in Concert”. Vale a pena ver! 😉

According to David’s Facebook and the Romanian channel Antena 3, tonight, at 11pm, local time, the said tv channel will broadcast the “Music Live in Concert”. It’ll be worth watching! 😉

Fonte/Source: Facebook Antena 3,
Facebook David Garrett

David Garrett – “Explosive Live” St. Petersburg – Oct. 6th

O Facebook de David anunciou há pouco que, David e a sua banda irão estar de volta a São Petersburgo, Rússia, com a digressão “Explosive Live”, no dia 6 de Outubro. Os bilhetes irão ser postos à venda aqui. Obrigada!

David’s Facebook just announced that David and his band will be back in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the “Explosive Live Tour”, on October 6th. The tickets will go on sale here. Thank you!

Fonte/Source: Facebook David Garrett

Happy Easter

Quero desejar a todos uma Boa Páscoa, independentemente da religião, que seja um tempo de renovação, renascimento e esperança, mas acima de tudo de tomada de consciência do que somos e da capacidade que temos em recomeçar. Boa Páscoa! 🙂

I want to wish you all a Happy Easter, no matter the religion, may it be a time of renewal, rebirth and hope, but above all a time of consciousness of what we are and the ability we have to restart. Happy Easter! 🙂

David Garrett – Replacements for April and May concerts

O Facebook de David anunciou há pouco mais algumas e substituições nos concertos dos os meses de Abril e Maio (publicação original aqui). Assim sendo, nos concertos dos dias 25 de Abril a 6 de Maio, com a Israel Philharmonic e o maestro Gianandrea Noseda, David será substituído pelos violinistas Akiko Suwanai e Michael Barenboim. Desde já desejo a David as rápidas melhoras e que possa voltar aos palcos em breve!

David’s Facebook just announced a few more replacements for the concerts in April and May (full statement here). There for, the concerts from the 25th April 2018 up to 6th May 2018, with the Israel Philharmonic and conductor Gianandrea Noseda, violinists Akiko Suwanai and Michael Barenboim will take over David’s solo-part of the Bruch and Tchaikovsky violin-concertos. I also want to wish David a quick recovery and hope he can return to the stage very soon!

Fonte/Source: Facebook David Garrett
Photo © Christine Blei