Pulling Strings: David Garrett in Singapore

By Zaki JufriEvents - 28 September 2011 10:55 AM | Updated 2:29 PM

Pulling Strings: David Garrett in Singapore

He’s the antithesis of the archetypal classical musician—shaggy haired, unshaven, ragged jeans and sometimes he even lacks a shirt.

But as the old adage goes, it's never wise to judge a book by its cover. German violinist David Garrett is a true blue virtuoso of the classical stringed instrument. A child prodigy, Garrett was a former student of legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London & the Julliard School, New York.

A self-confessed ‘child of the MTV generation’, Garrett counts acts such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The White Stripes and Metallica as some of his influences, and not to mention classical icons Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern. The ‘David Beckham of Violin’ has carved out a unique and wholly new artistic path, paying as much homage to Metallica as he does to Mozart.

“What’s most important in music-making is to have your own sound and individual style,” explains Garrett about his approach to music. And that rebellious streak is evident in his works which blends classical with massive doses of pop, rock, R&B and even metal.

His sophomore effort Encore even contained an alternative version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” merging into Mozart’s “Turkish March”.

In 2009 he released a self-titled album on the Decca label. A year later he returned with Rock Symphonies, an album featuring material from Nirvana, Guns 'N' Roses, and of course, Metallica.

Garrett will take you on an incredible musical journey with his unique interpretations of classic rock tunes by U2, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Metallica and Nirvana with classical favourites from Beethoven and Vivaldi as well. The classical crossover star will be here in Singapore on October 6 for an exclusive gig at Avalon in Marina Bay Sands. And has 10 pairs of tickets (courtesy of Universal Music Singapore) for you to catch the man in action.

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Contest ends: October 4, 12pm

Showcase details (by invite only):

Date: October 6

Venue:Avalon, Marina Bay Sands

Time: Doors Open at 7.15pm

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