André RIEU

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DutchBorn André Léon Marie Nicolas RIEU

Dutch violinist and conductor

Born on October 01, 1949 in Maastricht , Netherlands (72 years)

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André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu (born 1 October 1949) is a Dutch violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra.
He and his orchestra have turned classical and waltz music into a worldwide concert touring act, as successful as some of the biggest global pop and rock music acts. He resides in his native Maastricht.
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Early life and family
The name Rieu is of French Huguenot origin, though both of Rieu's parents were Roman Catholic. Rieu now considers himself to be an agnostic. André was born to Andries Antonie Rieu and is the third of six children. He has two older sisters (Teresia and Cilia), two younger brothers (Robert and Jean-Philippe), and a younger sister (Gaby Buirma-Rieu).Rieu's father was conductor of the Maastricht Symphony Orchestra. Showing early promise, André began studying violin at the age of five. From a very early age, he developed a fascination with orchestra. He studied violin at the Conservatoire Royal in Liège and at the Conservatorium Maastricht, (1968–1973), studying under Jo Juda and Herman Krebbers.
From 1974 to 1977, he attended the Music Academy in Brussels, studying with André Gertler. He completed his training with the distinction "Premier Prix" from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.He married Marjorie Kochmann in 1975. She has been a language teacher and has written compositions. They have two sons, Marc and Pierre.He speaks six languages: Dutch, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.


Career


Johann Strauss Orchestra

Rieu created the Johann Strauss Orchestra in 1987 and began with 12 members, giving its first concert on 1 January 1988. Over the years it has expanded dramatically, as of 2020 performing with between 50 and 60 musicians. Rieu plays a 1667 Stradivarius violin.Rieu and his orchestra have appeared throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, and Australia. The size and revenue of their tours are rivalled only by the largest pop and rock music acts. In 2008 Rieu's extravagant tour featured a full size reproduction of Empress Sisi's Castle, the biggest stage ever to go on tour at that time. During the first half of 2009, André Rieu was the world's most successful male touring artist, according to Billboard magazine.
Recent world tour results in Billboard / Pollstar annual worldwide top tours listsRieu records both DVD and CD repertoire at his own studios in Maastricht in a wide range of classical, popular, and folk music, as well as thematic music from well-known soundtracks and musical theatre. His lively orchestral presentations, in tandem with effective marketing, have attracted worldwide audiences to this emergent subgenre of classical music.
In addition to two World Music Awards, Rieu's recordings have gone gold and platinum in many countries, including 8-times Platinum in the Netherlands.
Television is also an important outlet for Rieu and his orchestra. For two weeks in 2013, one of the channels of the BSkyB group, Sky Arts 2 in the UK, was renamed as Sky Arts Rieu. Between 30 March and 14 April 2013 Sky Arts Rieu broadcast Rieu concerts and documentaries 24 hours per day.Rieu also composed music for the 2014 film Tuscan Wedding.


Reception
André Rieu's work and dedication has won him an overwhelming appreciation from the vast majority of people who have attended his concerts. Yet in spite of its wide international success, Rieu's mix of waltzes, popular music, comedy, and pathos has attracted the occasional critic. For example, Chris Boyd, a critic writing for Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper, did not criticize his playing, but described his main stage function as "blarney and delegation".Of Rieu's popularity, Eamon Kelly wrote in The Australian newspaper: "It is disappointing to see professional journalists indulging in cheap, inaccurate stereotypes to dismiss criticism of Rieu." But he goes on to add: "Equally misguided are those who cursorily dismiss Rieu. Rieu's live and recorded performances have brought joy to millions of people. Few in his audiences are regular classical music attendees and it could be seen as promising that, via Rieu, they are listening to standards of the classical canon. The fact that Rieu's focus is on highly accessible, enjoyable repertoire is not an argument against his musical credentials."


Honours
Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion (Netherlands, 2002)
Honorary Medal of the Province of Limburg (Netherlands, 2009)
Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (France, 2009)


Selected discography
Maastricht Salon Orkest – Serenata (1984)
Hieringe biete 1 (1989)
D'n blauwen aovond (1992)
Merry Christmas (1992)
Strauss & Co (1994)
The Vienna I Love (1995)
In Concert (1996)
Strauss Gala (1997)
The Christmas I Love (October 1997)
Romantic Moments (1998)
100 Years of Strauss (1999)
Fiesta! (October 1999)
La vie est belle (2000) – Berlin
Musik zum Träumen (Dreaming) (2001)
Live at the Royal Albert Hall (April 2002)
Love Around the World (November 2002)
Gala Concert (December 2002) – Hamburg
Romantic Paradise (September 2003) – Cortona, Italy
Live in Dublin (October 2003)
André Rieu at the Movies (March 2004)
The Flying Dutchman (July 2004)
Live in Tuscany (September 2004)
Songs from My Heart (2005)
Roses from the South (June 2005) – Mainau, Germany
New Year's Eve in Vienna (October 2005)
Auf Schönbrunn (July 2006) – Vienna)
Christmas Around the World (October 2006)
New York Memories (November 2006) – Radio City NY
The 100 Most Beautiful Melodies (May 2007) – Australian Albums: No. 2
Masterpieces (September 2007) – Australian Albums: No. 9
In Wonderland (November 2007) – Efteling, Nederland
Waltzing Matilda feat. Mirusia Louwerse (April 2008) – Australian Albums: No. 1
Live in Vienna (September 2008)
Ich tanze mit dir in den Himmel hinein (October 2008) – Wedding, Semper Opera, Dresden
Live in Maastricht II (November 2008)
Live in Australia (December 2008) – Australian Albums: No. 14
You'll Never Walk Alone (May 2009) – Australian Albums: No. 2
Live in Maastricht III (8 September 2009)
I Lost My Heart in Heidelberg (29 September 2009) – with the Berlin Comedian Harmonists
The Very Best of André Rieu (October 2009) – Australian Albums: No.23
Forever Vienna (December 2009) – UK: #2, IRE: No.4
You Raise Me Up – Songs for Mum (May 2010) – Australian Albums: No.8
My African Dream (August 2010) – South Africa
Live in Maastricht IV (September 2010)
André Rieu Presents Mirusia, Always & Forever (September 2010) – Australian Albums: No. 1
Moonlight Serenade (November 2010) – Australian Albums: No. 17
And the Waltz Goes On (2011)
Live in Brazil (2012)
Magic of the Movies (2012)
Home for Christmas (11 December 2012)
Rieu Royale (30 April 2013)
Live in Maastricht VI (October 2013) – 25th anniversary
Nuits magiques (November 2013)
Music of the Night (2013)
Love Letters (February 2014)
Les mélodies du bonheur (May 2014)
Un amour à Venise (November 2014)
Magic of the Violin (May 2015) – with His Johann Strauss Orchestra
Roman Holiday (November 2015) – with His Johann Strauss Orchestra
Magic of the Waltz (May 2016) – with His Johann Strauss Orchestra
Viva Olympia (August 2016) – with His Johann Strauss Orchestra
Falling in Love (November 2016) – with His Johann Strauss Orchestra
Amore (December 2017)
Romantic Moments II (2018)
Happy Days (2019) – with His Johann Strauss Orchestra
Fröhliche Winterzeit / Jolly Holiday (2020) – with His Johann Strauss Orchestra
Happy Together (2021) – with His Johann Strauss Orchestra


References


Further reading
Rieu, Marjorie (2000). André Rieu: My Music, My Life. Naarden: Strengholt. ISBN 90 5860 0637.


External links
André Rieu at IMDb
André Rieu (official website)
André Rieu's Official Australian website
André Rieu (C Music TV Biography)
André Rieu at AllMusic
The Magic of Andre Rieu
André Rieu official channel on YouTube



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