David Garrett talks Beethoven and Nirvana

Internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso David Garrett has been in London this week to promote his forthcoming album Rock Symphonies, due for UK release in March.

David Garrett

The album has already taken the States by storm. Garrett is currently in the middle of a massive tour there and will reach his native Germany in May.

Recorded at the historic Electric Lady Studios in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City, Rock Symphonies shows off Garrett's love of the classics and rock, with interpretations of Aerosmith's Walk This Way and Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit sitting alongside Vivaldi/Vertigo (U2), Peer Gynt, and Beethoven's Fifth.

David Garrett began playing violin aged four, and was signed to the prestigious classical music label Deutsche Grammophon by 13. After leaving Germany for London and then New York City as a teenager, he was accepted at the world famous Juilliard music college, studying under the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman.

David spoke to Classic FM about his classical roots, love of crossover and the showmanship of his concerts.

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