André Rieu was born in 1949 in a big Dutch family. He started taking his first violin lessons in 1954. The same year, he entered the primary school where he spent 6 years and then 6 more in the secondary, all this time practicing the violin. In 1962, André Rieu met his fitter wife Margory. From 1968 to 1973 he was studying in the musical academy where hi teachers were Jo Juda and Herman Krebbers. Then Rieu goes to Brussels to continue his education for three years with Andre Gertler. In 1975, he marries Margory and three years later, their son is born.
1978 brings André Rieu a place in the Maastricht Salon Orchestra. He takes a break to play with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 1989. The he returns to Maastricht touring in Belgium, Germany, America and the Netherlands till 1998.
In 1987, André Rieu started working with the Johann Strauss Orchestra and together with his colleagues forms the company André Rieu Productions. 1994 bring the successful The Second Waltz and Strauss&Co that became popular not only in the Netherlands but also outside the country. Strauss&Co gained seven platinum discs.
In 1996, André Rieu got the World Music Awards. From 1997 to 2000, he released La Vie set Velle, Main Weihnachtstraum, 100 Jar Strauss, Romantic Moments. In 2000, his younger brother Jean Philipp joined the company, and together they recorded the La Vie set Belle waltz. In 2001, Rieu had his first concert tour in Japan. The same year he started his own record studio. In 2002, his son Pierre also joined him.
Rieu is also a conductor, and media call him the king of waltz. At his marvelous shows, he is doing a lot to popularize classical music among all age groups. His orchestra musicians are always dressed in fantastically bright costumes and dresses, and the concert contains various show elements which makes it vibrant, easy to precepts and hard to forget. Some were trying to criticize Rieu for this attempts to step away from the rule, but his popularity shows that he is definitely on the right way.
The violinist in on the world tour now. The André Rieu events will happen in the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, US, Mexico and Chile. The tour dates are from July, 21 to January, 7. The André Rieu concerts 2017 will also happen in Ireland. During the André Rieu USA tour, he is coming to Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Orlando and other cities. The André Rieu tickets are available online.
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