The Dutch soloist is one of the most famous violinists in Europe. With the “Johann Strauss Orchestra” he founded, he had a steep career in the music industry since the 1990s through his classical music interpretations. Today the concerts in Rieu are among the best-organized music events that he realizes himself with hundreds of employees. Also, André Rieu founded one of the largest recording studios in Europe in Maastricht. His most successful albums include “Strauss & Co,” “Wiener Melange,” and “The Flying Dutchman.”
Andre Rieu Biography
André Rieu was born in Maastricht on October 1, 1949. He grew up in a musical family with whom he had his first contact with classical music as a child. At that time, his father was already celebrating successes as head of the Leipzig Opera. His siblings also became musicians. André Rieu received violin lessons while he was still at school. After finishing school, the young musician studied at the Liège Conservatory with Herman Krebbers and Arthur Grumiaux, where he passed his final examination with distinction in 1977. During his student days, he discovered his love three-four times, which made him an admirer of the composer Johann Strauss and Franz Léhar became. From the beginning of the 1980s, he played in the “Het Maastricht Salon Orchestra.” Numerous appearances followed in the Netherlands and the German and Belgian regions near the border.
The first studio recordings were also made at this time. He then baptized his orchestra in recognition of the master of three-four time “Johann Strauss Orchestra.” In 1994 André Rieu published his first studio album entitled “Strauss & Co.” His first international tour followed with his orchestra of 44 musicians. He celebrated his breakthrough in 1995 with the album “Wiener Melange.” From then on, Rieu was one of the regular guests in numerous music programs from folk and pop music. In 1998 André Rieu was awarded the “Golden Tuning Fork.” In the same year, he released his album “Romantic Moments.” Meanwhile, the musician, who turned to classical music in his central themes, became one of the most successful soloists in Europe.
Rieu also founded his own record company with a recording studio, which is one of the largest and most modern of its kind due to its requirements. Since then, his concerts and tours have been organized by his own company. The Rieu Group had several hundred employees. These include musicians, set designers, tailors, technicians, supervisors, and logisticians who accompany the significant events. In 2001 his album “Musik zum Träume” was released. In 2003 he was again awarded the “Golden Tuning Fork.” Andre Rieu lived with his family near Maastricht, where he became the “De Torentjet” castle owner.