Violinist David Garrett has sold his New York apartment to buy a 3.5 million euro violin
Author: Clark Tos
The German-American violinist David Garrett is ready to make a few sacrifices to realize his dream and serve his art. He did not hesitate to part with his New York apartment to buy the violin of his dreams.
During a auction last June which took place in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a previously unknown buyer offered himself a prestigious violin. For the modest sum of 3.5 million euros, the buyer, which we recently learned was the violinist David Garrett, became the new owner of a violin made in 1736 in Cremona.
The violin designed by the luthier Bartolemeo Giuseppe Guarnerius in the 18th century was once the property of the musician French Régis Pasquier. But since the auction of the Aguttes house, the violin now belongs to David Garrett for his greatest happiness.
The violin of his dreams for his 42 years
Credit: Karl-Heinz Meurer/Wikipedia
We can think that with a comfortable heritage estimated at 12 million euros, that David Garrett had no great difficulty in acquiring his coveted object. However, the musician recently revealed that he had to make some sacrifices to afford the object he had dreamed of since childhood: “ it's true, I have to part with some of my belongings, but this violin is definitely worth it. I fulfilled a lifelong dream by acquiring it ', did he declare.
It's not the first time that David Garrett has the chance to play with a instrument old and prestigious. A child prodigy after having started playing the violin at four years old, David Garrett began to give his first concerts at only ten years old. From the age of thirteen, the young David played on a Stradivarius from 1718 or a Guarneri from 1734, loaned by a foundation and a museum, reports Le Figaro .
His passion for collectible violins, especially the Guarneri, reached another milestone this year when he created his own website dedicated to the violins of the Italian luthier.