André Rieu

André Rieu

The saying goes, there are two types of people. Some of us like to dance to loud music, roaring with fast beats, electric guitars and wild posturing singers, while others prefer to sit quietly and listen to an orchestra of strings, woodwind and brass, combines in a playful perfection. Andre Rieu would disagree. FOr him there is only one kind of person - music lovers.

For 25 years, the Dutch superstar already is now with the dynamics of a rock star on the stages of the thoughtful world of classical music. Armed only with a violin and a bow and support of his own, consisting of 60 musicians orchestra, he combines the romance of Vienna of the 19th century with a phenomenal rock'n'roll spectacle.

this formula has made it the world's biggest star of the classical music scene - perhaps even the only superstar of classical music. His goals are simple and have never changed: "I want the people with music make you happy, classical and popular music."

Rieu Johann Strauss Orchestra, the largest private orchestras in the world, one of the world's most successful orchestras and played before more than 15 million viewers. he gave his biggest concert in 2009 in Melbourne before 43,000 people. He has sold over 35 million albums and DVDs worldwide and performed the popular music of a bygone era almost 150 years later in the pop charts.

His new album, which will appear on 13 November 2015 of the Eternal City of Rome is dedicated. On "Arrivederci Roma"Is dedicated to Andre Rieu most romantic and popular Italian tunes and interprets them in his own way. From the beginning of 2016 Andre Rieu returns with his Johann Strauss Orchestra Live returned to Germany to his audience with a great stage show with a total of 15 Germany appointments to inspire ,

André Rieu was born the son of a conductor into a musical family in Maastricht. He grew up in Holland and began at the age of five years, to play the violin. As a student he was involved in his father's orchestra, but soon discovered that the serious atmosphere of concert halls did not meet its goals and its nature. "Everything was bleeding seriously and with no real feelings," he recalls. "The music radiated joy, but the classic environment, in which it took place was depressing."

Andre Rieu decided in 1987 to devote his career of Viennese music of the 19th century - and especially Johann Strauss, whose waltz had already impressed him as a little boy. Just like Strauss himself, who appeared rather in public parks as in the salons of high society, even Rieu stands at his concerts in the center of the stage, which is furnished with extravagant scenes and a huge ensemble of musicians and dancers.

Also as Strauss conducts also Rieu his orchestra with his violin bow and breaks the dusty rules of classical music by making jokes, telling stories and sometimes even sprinkling in a little slapstick comedy - while the audience clapping enthusiastically in the aisles, singing , humming and dancing.

Andre Rieu lives with his wife Marjorie in a small castle in Maastricht, Holland. The two first met when they were only 13 and have been inseparable for 40 years. Marjorie is its artistic adviser and has two books on Andre wrote, inter alia, his biography "My Music, My Life."The couple has two sons: Pierre is Vice President of the Andre Rieu Group who also own recording studio in Maastricht maintains, the elder son Marc is next to 94 permanent employees painter Both sons have children of their own..

"I try to have fun on stage and also to involve the audience," he says. "I think that classical music has lost contact with the people. I am happy when I play for the audience and may be with them. That's what I do, and I just love it!" With around one hundred concerts per year and over 35 million sold CDs and DVDs counts André Rieu's most successful artists of our time.

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