André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu is the Dutch violinist and conductor best known for creating the Johann Strauss orchestra playing the waltz. He and his orchestra turned classical music and waltz into a world concert tour, as successful as some of the world's greatest pop and rock concerts. He lives in Maastricht, his hometown.
|Birth name||André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu|
|Born||October 1, 1949|
|Genres||Classical, Classical crossover, Waltz, Easy listening|
|Occupation(s)||Violinist, Conductor, Entrepreneur|
|Instruments||Violin, 1667 Stradivarius, Captain Saville|
|Labels||Denon Records, Philips|
Controversial violinist and conductor who founded the Johann Strauss Orchestra.
He attended the Music Academy in Brussels, where he was a student of the famed André Gertler and received a Premier Prix from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
He was dubbed the Waltz King, mainly for his Orchestra's recording of the 'Second Waltz' from 'Suite for Variety Orchestra' by Dmitri Shostakovich.
He fathered two sons with his wife Marjorie and was skilled in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.
He was influenced by Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Former students of the Maastricht Music Academy. Dutch classical violinist. People receiving honorary decoration for service to the Republic of Austria TM_VZ! Dutch conductor (music). Knight of the Dutch Order of Lions. The classical violinist of the 20th century. The classical violinists of the 21st century. Knights of the Line of Arts and Letters