Who Is (Mega-Hot) DWTS Classical Week Violinist David Garrett?
Don’t worry. You weren’t the only one thinking “Hellooo, hot stuff!” when David Garrett showed his fine self on the Dancing with the StarsSeason 12, Week 4 Performance Show.
It’s Classical Week and the DWTS set included a full 46-piece orchestra, joined by gorgeous multi-platinum mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins and international violin virtuoso David Garrett. Let’s focus on the 30-year-old German hottie who looks like Brad Pitt meets Colin Farrell with maybe some Kurt Cobain thrown in for good measure.
According to an ABC press release, David Garrett has been dubbed "the fastest violinist in the world.” He appeared in the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest-ever performer of the "Flight of the Bumblebee," clocking in at a pretty darn fast 66 seconds. Those are some dexterous fingers!
He’s been doing this for a while. At age 8, David played as a soloist in front of some of the world's greatest orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Russian National Orchestra. At 13 he was signed to the most famous and prestigious classical music label, Deutsche Grammophon. He later attended Juilliard music school and studied under the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, and has since gone on to gain international stardom, topping charts in Europe and selling out concert halls and arenas.
David’s sophomore album, "Rock Symphonies," debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Classical Crossover Chart in July 2010 and peaked at No. 1. The album is a mainstay of the Top 5, thanks to David’s vibrant interpretations of his favorite rock anthems by U2, Nirvana, Metallica and Aerosmith, to name a few. (We knew the Kurt Cobain thing wasn’t just a fluke.)
He also ranked as of one of the top-selling new artists of 2009, including best-selling new classical artist, and one of the top 10 new best-sellers across all genres that year. A public television superstar, his second headlining concert TV special, just released on DVD, has aired on stations all across the U.S. Audiences turned out in droves for his second U.S. concert tour this past February. Can’t imagine why!
Mr. Hot Violinist will return to DWTS Tuesday night to close out Classical Week with his rocking rendition of "Walk This Way," accompanied by the full orchestra and the equally attractive DWTS Dance Troupe.