Classical violinist David Garrett plays The Moore Theatre Feb. 22 and 23.

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David Garrett

Smart boy. Bad boy. Busboy. Pretty boy.

Classical violinist David Garrett has taken a winding path to the world’s stages. Dubbed by People magazine as a “classical hottie” and by Guinness World Records as “the fastest violinist in the world,” the 28-year-old German began playing as a child and was signed to the Deutsche Grammophon label at 13.

After leaving for America, he studied under Itzhak Perlman at Juilliard and — after working as an Armani model — began performing again. He made headlines briefly in 2008 when he fell in London, smashing his Guadagnini violin, said to be worth $1 million.

He’s touring in support of his self-titled album and a PBS special, “Live in Berlin,” which aired during various stations’ pledge periods.

Garrett will play two dates in Seattle: 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $33 (877-784-4849 or

Seattle Times staff