One of my favorite songs played by André and his orchestra in Tuscany:
The Godfather Theme
A clip of him playing before the Ajax-Olympic Marseille game.
Over 50,000 people are singing and waving their flags to the tunes of The Second Waltz.
André Rieu –was born on October 1, 1949 in Maastricht in the Netherlands. He grew up surrounded by classical music: symphonies, chamber music and opera. His father, a professional conductor, encouraged him to start taking lessons at the age of five.
A.R.: “You know that solemn atmosphere you find in the concert hall with classical music, and how it intimidates most people and keeps them away? With us, it is simply not there. My orchestra consists of young, enthusiastic musicians, who put their heart and soul into the music every evening when they play in our concerts.”
Now, Rieu is known as the waltz king. His orchestra has performed all over the world– winning several awards.
One of the things I love most about watching his concerts is seeing the relationship between the his orchestra and the audience. He has such an amazing presence on the stage. He speaks multiple languages such as French, German, Italian, etc. His orchestra is like a family and when you watch them perform together, you see the beauty of human relationship and how people can work together to create beautiful sounds.
A.R.: “My dream is to make the whole of classical music accessible for everyone.”