As reported by Visit Bucharest, David Garrett brings his EUR 3.5 million violin to play in Bucharest. The event is planned to occur on August 18 at the Roman Arenas in Romania’s Capital.
The famous violinist David Garrett, the artist who entered the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the fastest violinists in the world, fascinates the stages of the world in concerts held in the framework of the „ICONIC” 2023 tour promoting the latest classical music material and will climb the stage of the Roman Arenas in Bucharest.
About a year ago, David Garrett became the owner of a Guarneri del Gesù violin manufactured in 1734 in Cremona by the luthier Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarnerius, its value being 3.5 million euros. The eccentric artist gave up one of his New York homes to purchase this valuable instrument.
David Garrett gave himself this present on his birthday when he turned 42 years old and will accompany him on the stage of the Roman Arenas in the concert on August 18.
I am particularly pleased to present my new violin on the Roman Arena in Bucharest stage: a Guarneri del Gesù from 1734, once owned by the great virtuoso Gaetano Pugnani. One of the main reasons I purchased this wonderful instrument, which had not been used for a long time, was this tour – so that I could show it to you.
The sound of a Guarneri violin can express all vulnerability and fragility, all that is human – whereas a Stradivarius always sounds somewhat superhuman. Especially with my current repertoire – „ICONIC”, which is full of strong emotions and feelings, that fragile human touch is much more important to me than the superhuman sound of a Stradivarius. That’s why I think my new Guarneri del Gesù violin is perfect for ‘ICONIC’ concerts – and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoy playing it.David Garrett
Although less popular compared to Stradivarius’ delicate and carefully finished instruments, Guarneri de Gesù violins were favoured over time by the great violinists of the time, such as Paganini, Brodsky, Heifetz, Stern, Kreisler and Zukermann, for their unpolished, the force and intensity of their sound.