Dutch violinist, conductor and showman, Rieu has sold more than 30
million albums worldwide. In 2009 he celebrates his 30-year-anniversary
on stage. Together with his 50-pieces Johann Strauss Orchestra, he tours
on five continents. Every year, more than 700,00 fans attend an André
Rieu concert, establishing him as one of the top ten touring acts in the
world. In 2008 he's was crowned nr. 1 Classic Artist in the US and scored he more than 100x Platinum in Australia.
Encouraged by his father, a symphony conductor, Rieu began violin
lessons at the age of five. Rieu’s training eventually brought him to
the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he was awarded the Premier
Prix. In 1978, he formed the Johann Strauss Orchestra, which has grown
from twelve to nearly fifty members. André Rieu and the Johann Strauss
Orchestra now perform in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, the US,
and across Europe.
Crowned the “King of Waltz” by the media,
Rieu believes that everyone can enjoy classical music. Following in the
footsteps of Johann Strauss himself, he encourages his audiences to get
out of their seats and waltz in the aisles.