Lord Grendel suggested I opened a thread on this artist after I enthused about him elsewhere.
David is undoubtedly one of the most talented violinists alive today and is currently getting a great deal of attention - some of it distracting from his music.
He is 28 years old and was born in Aachen, in Germany.His mother is American and his father German and David was regarded as a child prodigy. He made his first commercial recordings and appearances with big name conductors and orchestras at a ridiculously young age and by the time he was in his teens was already celebrated in the classical music world.
He rebelled - and went off to New York, where he studied at the Juilliard School with the great Iszak Perlman and, basically, dropped out of the world of classical performances for a while.
He wanted to do his own thing and signed a new record contract (after struggling through college and earning cash as a model for Armani and others)
His first crossover album was released in the Far East as "Free" and was a great success. It was retitled "Virtuoso" for the German market where it did well in both the classical and the mainstream pop charts. Then it was reworked for the UKmarket where it also made it to the top 19 in the BBC album charts and to number 2 in the classical charts for a few weeks.
David has released his second crossover album in Germany - "Encore" - where it has brought him tremendous fame and attention - as a rock violinist.
He is still a supreme classical violinist - performing Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto - in venues around Europe - and conducting the orchestra at the same time.
Inevitably, because he is remarkably good looking and very unconventional,he has received a fair amount of negative and scornful criticism. But he answers with his talent and is really one to watch.
Just keep a lookout for him over the coming months as he promotes his second album both in the USA and in Great Britain.