For over three decades, Dutch violin maestro Andre Rieu has dazzled audiences with his modern take on waltz music. Forty million records are testament to that but nothing compares to seeing the King of Waltz and the Johann Strauss Orchestra perform live in concert.
When Rieu goes on tour the whole world takes notice. His concerts are something of a phenomenon and have been known to outsell the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Justin Bieber.
Born in 1949, Rieu was always destined to carve a name for himself in the classical music industry. From a very young age he was fascinated by orchestras, his father was a conductor in the local symphony and he was brought up in a household filled with classical music and operas.
After taking violin lessons at the age of five he went on to study violin at the Conservatoire Royal in Liege and at the Conservatorium Maastricht. He concluded his music training with distinction in 1977 at the Conservatoire in Brussels.
Rieu’s Johann Strauss Orchestra, which he formed in 1987, has evolved from having just 12 original members to being a magnificent 60 piece today, fronted by the maestro himself and his treasured Stradivarius violin.
A real showman with a great sense of humour and irresistible charm, Rieu’s concerts are renowned for being light-hearted and fun-filled energetic shows which have been credited with reinvigorating the genre by bringing classical music bang up to date to the 21st century.
Rieu’s shows are all about giving the audience a good time. They are grand lavish affairs packed full of waltzes, popular classical music, plus renditions from the world’s best known films and musical scores that are guaranteed to getting you clapping along, swaying and dancing in the aisles.
So popular are Rieu’s concerts that they regularly outsell the biggest pop and rock stars in the business. His summer concert in 2015, beamed live from his home town of Maastricht to over 460 cinemas in the UK broke box office records for a music concert show on the big screen.
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