AndrÃ Rieu is a Dutch violinist and conductor who is known for his popularizing of classical music, especially the waltz genre. He leads the Johann Strauss Orchestra, which he founded in 1987. He has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has performed in more than 100 countries.
One of his albums, Valses, was released in 1997 and features 14 tracks of waltz music by composers such as Johann Strauss II, Franz LehÃr, Emmerich KÃlmÃn and Robert Stolz. The album was recorded at the Wijngrachttheater in Kerkrade, Netherlands, with the Eurosound Mobile recording studio[^1^]. Some of the songs included in the album are The Blue Danube, The Merry Widow, Vienna Blood and Grande Valse Viennoise. The latter song was also released as a music video on YouTube in 2011[^2^].
AndrÃ Rieu is still active as a musician and entertainer, and has a dedicated YouTube channel where he posts videos of his live performances, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and more[^3^]. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful classical crossover artists of all time.AndrÃ Rieu was born in Maastricht, Netherlands, in 1949. He came from a musical family and started playing the violin at the age of five. He studied violin at the Conservatoire Royal in LiÃge and the Conservatorium Maastricht, and later at the Music Academy in Brussels. He also studied conducting with AndrÃ Vandernoot and Leonard Bernstein.
In 1978, he formed the Maastricht Salon Orchestra, which played light classical music and salon music. He gradually expanded the orchestra and renamed it the Johann Strauss Orchestra in 1987, after his favorite composer. The orchestra consists of about 50 musicians, mostly young women, who wear colorful costumes and dance along with the music. Rieu also plays a 1667 Stradivarius violin, which he calls his \"second wife\".
Rieu's breakthrough came in 1994, when he released his second album, From Holland with Love, which included his rendition of The Second Waltz by Shostakovich. The album was a huge success in the Netherlands and abroad, and Rieu became known as \"the modern King of Waltz\". He followed up with more albums and DVDs, such as La Vie est Belle, Romantic Moments, Live in Dublin and The Flying Dutchman. He also staged spectacular concerts in venues such as the Amsterdam Arena, the Eiffel Tower, SchÃnbrunn Palace and Radio City Music Hall.AndrÃ Rieu has received numerous awards and honors for his contribution to music and culture. He has been awarded the Order of Orange-Nassau, the Order of the Netherlands Lion, the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria, and the Medal of Honour of the Province of Limburg. He has also won several Echo Awards, World Music Awards, Classic Brit Awards and Golden Televizier-Ring Awards.
Rieu is married to Marjorie Rieu, who is his manager and artistic director. They have two sons, Marc and Pierre, who are also involved in his business. Rieu lives in a castle in Maastricht, which he bought and renovated in 1995. He also owns several other properties around the world, including a villa in Florida and a penthouse in New York. He enjoys collecting art, antiques and musical instruments, as well as gardening and cooking.
Rieu cites Johann Strauss II as his main influence and inspiration, as well as other composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Tchaikovsky. He also admires performers such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and ABBA. He says that his goal is to make classical music accessible and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of age, background or education. He believes that music is a universal language that can bring people together and make them happy. ec8f644aee