The idea that classical music is the last refuge of musical snobs is a cliché thankfully long buried in the past. Certainly, one of today’s most firm proponents of this thesis is German violinist David Garrett. "It is a wonderful time these days: People are not typecasting music," he told Billboard Argentina.
The soloist and former Guinness World Record honoree (fastest violin player between 2008 and 2011), who was born David Bongartz, follows the path of Andre Rieu and other virtuosos who crossed over from the classical realm into pop culture.
He too brings composers such as Piotr Tchaikovsky and Antonio Vivaldi to the masses. However, he carves his own niche in influences as he caters to people who enjoy the likes of Coldplay, <a href="/artist/303248/guns-n-roses/chart">Guns N' Roses</a> and other more contemporary acts. "I tend to play the music of people I enjoy listening to in their original versions and try to give them my twist," he explains.
Here, David Garrett talks to Billboard Argentina:
You're coming back to Argentina, this time to a bigger venue. What do you remember from your last visit and what do you expect on this occasion?