David Garrett comes full circle with his new classical recording of Beethoven and Kreisler, Legacy, to be released today, June 5th on Decca, along with stand-alone concert DVD Legacy Live. Both represent David's dual career, bridging his crossover repertoire with his classical career that began at age 9 when played his first symphony concerts, to later signing a deal with the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label at 14. Landing at #1 on the top of the UK's classical chart, Legacy also achieved platinum status in Germany, where it was the highest debut on the Pop Chart for a classical instrumental recording since the inception of that chart in 1962.
David comments, "The Beethoven violin concerto is the ultimate masterpiece of the violin repertoire. It is every violinist's dream to record this work once in his life. I consider it a great honor to be able to play Beethoven's violin concerto accompanied by a magnificent orchestra and a wonderful conductor. This is the fulfilment of a personal goal for me." The recording features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Ion Marin.
Since the release of his self-titled debut album in June 2009, Garrett has also had two successful PBS specials, supported by sold out headlining concerts across the U.S. His TV appearances include "Dancing with the Stars" "The Oprah Winfrey Show," The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News Channel, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and CBS Saturday Early Show, among others.
His road to America began when he fled Germany for New York City as a teen, and spontaneously auditioned and was accepted to the world famous Juilliard music school, studying under the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman. Perlman said of Garrett, "He is a wonderful violinist with excellent technique and natural musicianship. He will always perform with artistry." As a young student, Garrett also earned extra cash by moonlighting as a busboy and model, landing him on the catwalk for Armani.