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André Rieu


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Early life and studies
André Rieu was born into a musical family on October 1, 1949 in Maastricht in the Netherlands. He began studying violin at the age of five. His father was a conductor. From a very young age he developed a fascination with orchestra. He studied violin at the Conservatoire Royal in Liège and in the Conservatorium Maastricht, (1968–1973). His teachers included Jo Juda and Herman Krebbers. From 1974 to 1977, he attended the Music Academy in Brussels, studying with André Gertler, winning the Premier Prix at the academy.

At University he performed the Gold And Silver Waltz by Franz Lehár. Encouraged by the audience reaction he decided to pursue the waltz form. Rieu formed the Maastricht Salon Orchestra and performed as a violinist with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra. In 1987, he created the Johann Strauss Orchestra and his own production company. Since then, his melodramatic stage performances and rock-star demeanor have for some been associated with a revival of the waltz music category. André Rieu plays a 1667 Stradivarius violin.[1]

In April 2009 (Australia) /June 2009 (UK), he made a cameo appearance as himself on “Ramsay Street” in the long-running Australian soap opera Neighbours.

Johann Strauss Orchestra
The Orchestra began in 1987 with 12 members but now performs with between 40 and 50 musicians. At the time the Orchestra first toured Europe, there emerged a renewed interest in waltz music. The revival began in the Netherlands and was ignited by their recording of the Second Waltz from Shostakovich’s Jazz Suites. As a result, Rieu became known as the waltz King.


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  • Galadrielle777

    I am hoping someone here can help me. My mother is desperate to find an album Andre made with some ladies she swears were nuns, she thought from Africa. I can't seem to locate anything like this.....does anyone here know what she's talking about, and where I can find it? Thanks. Blessings.

    22 Feb 9:38pm Reply
  • Faz2

    @KeIemvor, there really is no need for that kind of comment. Although ironically it will probably encourage people to listen to him more. :) Having seen him and his orchestra live I wholly disagree with your comments. Good luck to you.

    1 Feb 7:57pm Reply
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  • KeIemvor

    This guy is a disgrace to classical music and everything that it stands for. He cheaply commercializes great works of art for the ignorant masses without any sense of actual interpretation and feeling for the music. Sickening. I advise anyone to stay away from this soulless garbage if you want to get into classical.

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mauskovca

    Approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) to the north-east of Donia's village of Kimswerd, in the city of Franeker,[9] the Black Band, a Landsknecht regiment in the service of George, Duke of Saxony was quartered. The regiment was charged with suppressing the civil war between the Vetkopers, who opposed Burgundian and subsequently Habsburg rule, and the Schieringers. The Black Band were notorious as a violent military force; when their pay was insufficient or lacking, they would extract payments from local villagers[citation needed] and on 29 January 1515, the Black Band plundered Donia's village, then allegedly raped and killed his wife, Rintze Syrtsema, and burnt to the ground both the village church and Donia's estate.[10] Seeking revenge, Pier started a guerrilla war campaign against the Habsburgs and allied himself with Charles of Egmond, Duke of Guelders (1492–1538).

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • kikakoko

    ¿cuando viene a España que sea un sábado ya que entre semana trabajo

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • kikakoko

    gracias por la musica tan buena que llega hasta el fondo del corazon me emociona mucho escuchar su musica

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Faz2

    Going to my first André Rieu concert on 23rd December in Wembley (Event added). Can't wait! :)

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • made__in__china

    Ich mag den Walzer besonders. [2]

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • JensGB

    Ich mag den Walzer besonders.

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • dansli3r


    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • deliarivera

    I would like to experience one of their concerts.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    I will be seeing him at the O2 London on the 15th .

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    pure kitsch and schmaltz

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Kalpamantra

    Stayed up all night watching his Heidelberg performance on Sky Arts last night. It was the first time I had seen it and was blown away! Admittedly, I'm still preferable to his Radio City performance in New York, but Mr. Rieu is really one of a kind.

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • writie

    He just added an extra date to his tour of Ireland

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DennisRicley


    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • rebelhands

    Why so few plays? Is this a mispelt artist name? I thought he'd be much more popular on Perhaps the wrong generation..

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ninfelin

    Maestro Rieu hello, I'm a guitarist, and an admirer of yours. but my dream is to play with you. Never had a chance to watch your show. but follow the internet, one day want a Brazilian in his orchestra member, I ask you a Chanse for a test. From already thank you. I leave my email. @ No more I say goodbye.

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • BruuninhaViolin

    melhor show! sem dúvida! *-*

    13 Jun 2012 Reply
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