David Garrett joined the applied teaching faculty in the department of Music in Fall 2001. He became part of the cello section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in February of 2000. Previously he was a member of the Houston Symphony, Assistant Principal of the San Antonio Symphony, and a member of the New Orleans Philharmonic. Garrett also appears frequently as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist, receiving popular and critical acclaim. Writing in Strad magazine, Henry Roth observed "he is a polished and experienced musician... excellent in all departments."
Garrett maintains a wide range of musical interests: he has recorded modern cello works for the Albany and Opus One labels, his doctoral dissertation includes publication of previously unknown baroque cello works, and he pursues the standard literature in regular solo and chamber music performances. Garrett also enjoys teaching: his preparatory students consistently excel in competitions and honors orchestras and he has been a member of the faculty at Ball State University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Trinity University. Currently, Garrett teaches cello at California State University, Long Beach.
Along with his wife, Junko, David Garrett performs cello and piano recitals as the Belrose Duo, including several tours in both the U.S. and Japan. Away from the cello Garrett enjoys playing the viola da gamba, composing, and arranging, and in his spare time he enjoys games and sports, especially, tennis, chess, and bridge.