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!
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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

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David Garrett – Message to Fans

Há alguns minutos, o Facebook de David publicou um vídeo com uma mensagem de David. Aqui fica. Espero que gostem! 🙂

A few minutes ago, David’s Facebook published a video with a message from David. Here it is. Enjoy! 🙂

Fonte/Source: davidgarrettmusic

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