Violinist David Garrett Voted World’s Favourite Musician In The uDiscover Classical 100

German violinist David Garrett has won The uDiscover Classical 100 – the first-ever poll to find the world’s most popular classical musician.

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Violinist David Garrett. Photo: Christoph Kostlin

Fans of the crossover violinist David Garrett came out in force to vote for the musician who has won the first-ever poll to find the world’s most popular living classical artist, The uDiscover Classical 100.

David Garrett is one of the most popular classical crossover and pop violinists in the world. He started playing the violin when he was four years old and he became the youngest artist to sign a record deal with Deutsche Grammophon when he was thirteen. He has performed with esteemed orchestras and conductors including Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, and Yehudi Menuhin. In 2007 he released his first crossover CD, Free, and every year since then he has released either one crossover or classical recording. David Garrett’s latest album, Alive – My Soundtrack, is a personal collection of his favourite soundtrack music.

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David Garrett narrowly beat world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli in The uDiscover Classical 100, who came second, and violinist André Rieu who took third position. Pianist Seong-Jin Cho reached number four while violinist Nicola Benedetti was voted into fifth place.

Pianists fared the best in the classical poll, with seven making it into the top 25: Seong-Jin Cho, Martha Argerich, Yuja Wang, Alfred Brendel, Lang Lang, Daniil Trifonov and Yiruma.

The violin was the second most popular instrument in The uDiscover Classical 100, with five violinists inside the top 25: David Garrett, André Rieu, Nicola Benedetti, Itzhak Perlman and Hilary Hahn. Singers were also popular, with five being voted into the top 25: Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins, Plácido Domingo, Cecilia Bartoli and Sarah Brightman.

Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim were the only two conductors to make it into the list, alongside two composer-conductors, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Yo-Yo Ma and Sheku Kanneh-Mason were the only two cellists, while trumpeter Alison Balsom and saxophonist Jess Gillam were the only wind players to reach the top 25.

The two youngest artists to reach the top 25 were saxophonist Jess Gillam, aged 22, and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, aged 21 (at chart Numbers 17 and 21 respectively).

A wide range of countries were represented in the top 25, including Germany, United Kingdom, South Korea, China, Argentina and the US, among others.

Over 11,000 votes were cast in the classical poll, which was open for voting from November 2020 to the end of January 2021.

The full list of the top 25 artists in The uDiscover Classical 100 can be found here.

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  1. Danka

    February 24, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    it is a pleasure to listen to you

  2. Giedrė

    February 24, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    David Garrett – amazingly talented and charismatic violin virtuoso has unfortunately recently drifted into the crossover genre.
    Looking forward to Maestro’s return to eternal classics …

  3. Olga

    February 24, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    David Garrett best of the best ❤️❤️St Petersburg love you, David ❤️

  4. Veronica

    February 24, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Bravo David Garrett Un gran violinista! Tu música es maravillosa! Te amamos ❤️

  5. Ștefania

    February 24, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    I’m so happy for you ! I will always vote for you ! Without your music the cruelty of reality would be unbearable !

  6. Vida Éva

    February 24, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Gratulálok David! További sok sikert kívánok neked! Üdvözlettel Éva Magyarországról!

    • Marypi

      February 27, 2021 at 11:21 pm

      Congratulations David, dreams are the goal … effort is the result of work … but don’t forget. … “live life” ❤

  7. Dora Nedkova

    February 24, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Deserved success! Your talent and charisma are amazing! Thanks for your music and your smile! Thanks for the love for the audience!

  8. Vivian Capdevila

    February 24, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    First place among all the classical musicians in the world, that’s excellent, great, how happy and proud I am of you David Garrett, you deserve all the best for being a great person and good human being, not for anything you are the King … MY KING, congratulations !!

  9. Maria Elvira M. D. Lopes

    February 25, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Indeed you deserved and still deserve much more for all the emotions you make us feel! Keep on motivating such wonderful vibes…. I greet you!

  10. Jamie Jones

    February 26, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Garrett, Bocelli and Rieu? What a joke! People who voted for them should start listening to some of the much better musicians on the list.

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