André Rieu, dubbed the modern-day “Waltz King”, has made a huge success out of the waltz form and his blend of standards and crossover music, selling out sports arenas and stadiums all over North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Japan.
Rieu studied classical violin and earned his degree from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Based on audience reaction to his student performance of Gold and Silver Waltz by Franz Lehàr, he decided to focus on the waltz. After working a few orchestra gigs, he created the Johann Strauss Orchestra in 1987 and established his own production company. He’s a born showman and works the stage, engaging the audience to sing along or dance. He also incorporates pop tunes into his shows, played by orchestra and sung by classically trained singers. At one time, Rieu was the world’s most successful male touring artist, according to Billboard magazine. He isn’t just the King of the Waltz; he is the Waltz Rock Star.
Look at the stage production! The full-skirtled gowns! The lights! It’s over the top, and the audience eats it up.
André Rieu was born October 1, 1949, in Maastricht, Netherlands.