Violinist David Garrett performs at The Palladium Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG – Pinellas County gets a chance to see and hear a world-class violinist in concert when The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts and AEG present Music: A Gala Night with David Garrett at The Palladium Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m.
German-born David Garrett, now 32, got an early start at the age of 10 on stage with the Hamburg Philharmonics. At age 13, he became the youngest artist awarded an exclusive contract with the classical German label, Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft.
In 1999, at the height of his career, Garrett moved to New York to study musicology and composition at the prestigious Julliard School of Music. He studied with Itzhak Perlmann and began his distinctive rise as a composer, winning the music school’s renowned Composition Competition with a fugue written in the style of Johann Sebastian Bach.
After completing his studies, Garrett made it his goal to introduce young people to the classics and kindle enthusiasm for serious music by combining classical elements with those of pop, rock and R&B.
His albums show his abilities. In 2007, he released Virtuoso, redefining standards in the classic and crossover scene. In 2009, he released Classic Romance, a very personal CD centering around Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto accompanied by seven small works from the Classic and Romantic periods that won Garrett the ECHO Classic 2010 for “Bestseller of the Year,” and the 2010 Rock Symphonies for which he won two ECHO awards.
The DVD David Garrett: Rock Symphonies – Open Air Live won for “Best Domestic DVD Production” and “Best Artist” in the Rock/Pop Domestic category.
Garrett’s most recent album, Legacy, reached No. 6 on the overall charts in Germany, the highest-ranking instrumental classical album in German chart history and reached gold status in January 20123. It features the Beethoven Violin Concerto, which Garrett considers “the ultimate masterpiece of the violin repertoire” plus works by Fritz Kreisler.
Whether playing Bach or Nirvana, David Garrett, now 32, continues to wow his listeners.
Tickets are $30 and $40 and available at www.mypalladium.org, by phone at 727-822-3590 or at The Palladium Box Office, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. The box office is open noon-3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday or three hours before any Palladium performance.