André Rieu Biography
|Date of Birth:||1949 , October-1|
|Age:||69 years old|
|Birth Name||André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu|
|Birth Place/City||Maastricht, Netherlands|
|Profession||Dutch violinist and musician|
|Working For||Johann Strauss Orchestra (own production company)|
|Net Worth||$40 million|
|Salary||$40,169,471 (2016, revenue)|
|Hair Color||Light Brown|
|Weight in KG||N/A|
|Famous for||Creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra|
|Married to||Marjorie Rieu|
|Children||Marc and Pierre Rieu|
|Education||Music Academy (Brussels)|
|Awards||Special Echo Award, Order of the Netherlands Lion, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Classic Brit Award for Album of the Year, World Music Award for World's Best Selling Benelux Artist|
|Online Presence||Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, YouTube|
|Movies||Tuscan Wedding, Acqua alta – aka Death in High Water, Andre Rieu: Christmas With Andre|
|TV Show||André Rieu in Australië, Andre Rieu op het Vrijthof|
|Siblings||Teresia, Cilia, Robert, Jean-Philippe, Gaby Buirma-Rieu|
|Books||Andre Rieu & the Johann Strauss Orchestra - Forever Vienna|
|Albums||Romantic Paradise, Live in Australia, Gala Concert, December Lights|
André Rieu has established himself as one of the world’s most successful touring musician. Fame & Fortune: Superstar violinist, André, is popularly recognized for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. He also has received several prestigious titles, including the Order of the Netherlands Lion and Province of Limburg as well.
Early Life and Education
André Rieu was born on October 1, 1949, in Maastricht, Netherlands. He holds Dutch nationality and belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity. He is the son of Pierre Rieu and Marjorie Kochmann.
Rieu’s father worked as a conductor for the Maastricht Symphony Orchestra. He was raised up in Maastricht along with his six siblings; two older sisters (Teresia and Cilia), two younger brothers (Robert and Jean-Philippe), and a younger sister (Gaby Buirma-Rieu).
At the age of five, Rieu studied violin and developed a fascination with the orchestra from a very early age. He attended the Conservatoire Royal in Liege and Conservatorium Maastricht, where he studied violin from 1968 to 1973.
The following year, Rieu joined the Music Academy in Brussels. He then went on to join Royal Conservatory of Brussels and accomplished his training with the distinction ‘Premier Prix.’
André Rieu used to perform the Gold And Silver Waltz by Franz Lehar while he was at university. He finally decided to start the waltz form, after encouraged by the audience reaction. He created the Maastricht Salon Orchestra in 1978 and began working with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra as a violinist.
Rieu then established his own production company Johann Strauss Orchestra in the year 1987. He began the company with 12 members and given its first concert on January 1, 1988. With the formation of his production company specified in waltz music, he widely gained popularity for his melodramatic rock performances on stage.
It is currently performing with between 80 and 150 musicians. He and his orchestra have performed overall Europe, Japan, Australia, and North and South America. In 2008, a full-size reproduction of Empress Sisi’s Castle featured his extravagant tour.
According to Billboard magazine, Rieu became the world’s most successful male touring artist. He records both DVT and CD repertoire in a wide range of classical, popular, and folk music at his own studios in Maastricht.
André Rieu is married to Dutch author, Marjorie Rieu for more than a four decades. The couple is blessed with two children together.
As per our research, André and his wife Marjorie first met each other at a mere age of 15 and 13 respectively. They got married in 1975 when he was even a student and wasn’t earning well.
The pair has two sons named Marc Rieu who was born in 1978 and Pierre Rieu was born in 1981. The couple celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary and is still going strong.
They are living happily in a 15th-century castle in Maastricht, the Netherlands with their two sons. Besides, he is also popular on social media, like Twitter with more than 73k followers and Instagram with over 25.9k followers.
Net Worth and Body Measurement
The successful Dutch violinist and conductor, André Rieu, has earned a hefty amount of net worth which is around $40 million as per celebrity net worth in 2018. As per Billboard magazine, he was also the world’s most successful male touring artist during the first half of 2009.
Rieu has a Mercedes worth £72,000 ($100121.04). He has also a self-titled YouTube channel which he started on August 29, 2008. He earns an annual average of $74.7k to $1.2 million from his YouTube channel, as of January 2018.
He stands at the height of 1.84 m (6 feet).