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He was born in St. Petersburg, Russia of Moldovan nationality. His mother is a pianist, and his father is a choreographer and a vocalist. First studying at the Chisinau Academy with B. Dubosarsky, he later relocated to Finland to study at the Sibelius Academy under Alexander Vinnitsky. He began competing at age 9, and most recently been a prize winner at the David Oistrakh Competition (fourth prize in 2006, third prize in 2008). He won 1st prize at the 2008 Tibor Varga Competition. At the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, Gârnet played the Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 and the Violin Concerto No. 1 (Shostakovich) in the finals, where he won 3rd prize. He has performed in Romania, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Kazakhstan. He has been a soloist with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Cluj Philharmonic, the Istanbul Philharmonic, and the Zurich Philharmonics.