André Rieu The King of Waltz
André Rieu is a Dutch composer, conductor and violinist hailing from Maastricht. A multitalented individual, he’s one of modern day’s most popular classical musicians, and has managed to bring the genre into comparison with that of more popular styles, such as rock and pop.
André Rieu is known for his part in bringing waltz music to the masses with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, a group which he would tour the world alongside, bridging the gap between old and new and creating fans out of people who perhaps would have shunned classical music otherwise.
Having first picked up a violin at the age of five, André Rieu began his fascination with orchestra from a very young age. Fulfilling his childhood dreams, he and his orchestra have performed throughout Europe, in North America, and Asia, and have acquired a number of accolades – including two World Music Awards
Other people might want a Ferrari, but I wanted a butterfly house. I built it together with a blacksmith. We designed it together.
I believe that music in itself heals and that everything is about the power of the mind. I thought if you are happy, you don't get ill. Your health is in your head. When you are satisfied with your work, you don't get ill.
The waltz can be sad and at the same time uplifting. You have to see life from both sides, and the waltz encapsulates that. If you're in my audience you give yourself to me and the waltz will grab you
When my twin grandchildren, Linda and Lyeke, were born two years ago, it changed me. I felt it was the essence of what life is about, and I cried all day. When my son Pierre, their father, was born I didn't cry like that.
Where would I be without Johann Strauss's beautiful 'Blue Danube?' Without this piece of music I wouldn't be the man I am today. It's a tune that brings out the emotion in everyone and makes them want to waltz.