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    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.

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    ^^That was a great introduction to David Garrett, who I have never heard of until this morning. I will find the albums you mentioned and give them a listen for sure Orchid.

    Thanks for taking the time and telling us about him.

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    I love David Garrett. Didn't know him until a few weeks ago. Actually a teacher of mine had some music of him on his desktop whilst giving a presentation (the music wasn't playing, he ain't that cool..) ... First time I took notes during college

    Other bands he had on there were iggy pop etc... So I was suprised to hear this more classic orientated stuff.



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    after struggling through college and earning cash as a model for Armani and others
    man, must be a hard life. haha

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    I'd never heard of him either, but I don't follow Classical music. Here's a video of him I found. What amazing expression this guy has.




    BTW - If anybody comes in here and says their going to drop their day job and learn how to play violin so they can become a professional Clasical musician, I'm going to cut my throat with a plastic spork!

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    If anybody comes in here and says their going to drop their day job and learn how to play violin so they can become a professional Clasical musician, I'm going to cut my throat with a plastic spork!
    you promise?

    I listened to his cover of metallicas nothing else matters. not great but alright. it's very hard to capture the essence of any rock band with classical stringed instruments, I have yet to see this pulled off successfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyFromHell420 View Post
    you promise?
    Dude, I'm looking for an extra KFC spork/napkin pacage as we speak.

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    I must be hallucinating Roadie is that you??...are you lost??...

    Thanks for the video I was just having fun with you.

    All of a sudden I have this urge to quit my day job and pursue a career as a solo violinist. I hope your spork is sharp...

    Seriously for a minute in Orchids well written thread, I do think Apocalyptica has managed to do the best string version of any metal/rock music so far, I like them a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Grendel View Post
    I must be hallucinating Roadie is that you??...are you lost??...

    All of a sudden I have this urge to quit my day job and pursue a career as a solo violinist. I hope your spork is sharp...
    Yes, you're tripp'n, but I'm also lost. Is this news? And I hope it's dull so it will approximate the agony I go through when somebody says they're going to quit their day job and begine to study music so they can become a working musician. aaAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHhh!

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    ^^Want a part time job as my agent??,,,when I become immensely famous and rich...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Grendel View Post
    ^^Want a part time job as my agent??,,,when I become immensely famous and rich...

    LOL! Yeah, like I'd make a good agent. You need to hire someone who doesn't have to go, "Hey, you're a moron" every time somebody acts like a moron.

    When you get there, just give me an important title with no responsibilities.

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    I apologize for going off topic Orchid, we have fun here as well as appreciating good new artists.

    Here are three albums I found by David Garrett from Amazon, for some reason my other site was having trouble loading the images, these will have to do for now.






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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyFromHell420 View Post
    it's very hard to capture the essence of any rock band with classical stringed instruments, I have yet to see this pulled off successfully.
    HA dude... Apocalyptica !

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    yeah some of their songs are alright but I find it very difficult for orchestras, strings in particular to be able to pull off alot of the sounds that make a rock song hard. some of apocalytica slower songs alright, but it's hard to capture things like tremolo picking, pinch harmonics and sweep picking with any string instrument, the closest they get to any of that is with the violin, and still doesn't sound just right to me. take apocalypticas cover or refuse resist or angel of death for example, both insane metal songs, but near impossible to make it orchestrated. I give them an E for effort.

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    I don't think you really get the feel of an orchestra unless you're there live.

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