Born David Bongartz
David Garrett was born David Bongartz on September 4th 1980 in Aachen, Germany to an American prima ballerina, Dove, and a German antique dealer, Georg Bongartz.
From an early age it was clear that David was exceptionally gifted. He began learning the violin at age four and enrolled in the Lübeck Conservatoire at age 7.
His first strad
David was given his first Stradivarius to use at just 11 years old, thanks to the generosity of Richard von Weizsäcker, the German president at the time.
At the age of 13 David became the youngest artist to be awarded an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft. He recorded two full-length CDs of violin music and was a regular fixture on TV across Europe.
After a blistering education that featured mentoring from the legendary Ida Haendel, David joined the Royal College of Music when he was 17. However, he was expelled after just one year of studies.
After things didn't work out at the RCM, David gave education one more shot at the Juilliard School of Music studying musicology and composition.
And compose he did
While he was at the Juilliard School, David composed a fugue in the style of JS Bach which went on to win the school's 2003 composition prize.
Among the lauded professionals that passed their knowledge to the young David Garrett was the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlmann.
Taking advantage of his good looks, David earned some extra cash while he was a student by doing some modeling work.
In 2007 David recorded FREE and began his journey as a crossover artist tackling repertoire as diverse as Paganini's Caprice No. 24 to Metallica's 'Nothing Else Matters'
In 2010, David let his fondness for rock and crossover get the better of him when he recorded a whole album of rock cover versions. Artists given the Garrett treatment included Guns n' Roses, Aerosmith and Metallica.
A Royal Audience
In 2011, David was invited to perform in front of the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance. Rather than settling for one of the classics, Garrett performed a cover version of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
In 2008, David achieved the world record for the fastest performance of Rimsky-Korsavkov's 'Flight Of The Bumblebee'. While he no longer holds the title, the current record holder broke the record playing an electric violin, not an acoustic violin.
In May 2012 Garrett joined the tenor Jonas Kaufmann in a special performance at the final of the UEFA Champions League.