Recently, I’ve discovered another pop violinist – David Garrett. He is a crossover performer, like Vanessa Mae, and has quite a following. He’s German, and was, as most famous violinists were, a child prodigy. Wikipedia reports that the German president gave him his first Stradivarius at the age of 11.
Garrett’s showy style evolved over time – he was born in 1981 and I saw a rather staid video of him at age 14 with a symphony; it was all quite proper. But since he’s become an adult he tends to favor rocker-garb. Fortunately, he backs up his well-crafted image with amazing talent.
Here’s a representative performance – “Viva La Vida,” I believe a song by the pop band Coldplay. The vid has over 4 million views on YouTube:
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