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He and his orchestra have turned classical and waltz music into a worldwide concert touring act, as successful as some of the biggest global pop and rock music acts. The name Rieu is of French Huguenot origin.
Rieu's father was conductor of the Maastricht Symphony Orchestra. From a very early age, he developed a fascination with orchestra. He completed his training with the distinction "Premier Prix" from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. He married Marjorie Kochmann in They have two sons Marc and Pierre.
Encouraged by the audience reaction [ citation needed ]he decided to pursue the waltz Tales From The Vienne Woods - André Rieu & His Johan Strauss Orchestra* - Moonlight Serenade. Inhe created the Johann Strauss Orchestra and established his own production company. Since then, his melodramatic stage performances and rock-star demeanor have been widely associated with a revival of the waltz music category [ citation needed ].
Rieu created the Johann Strauss Orchestra in and began with 12 members, giving its first concert on 1 January Over the years it has expanded dramatically, nowadays performing with between 50 and 60 musicians.
The size and revenue of their tours are rivalled only by the largest pop and rock music acts. Rieu records both DVD and CD repertoire at his own studios in Maastricht in a wide range of classical, popularand folk musicas well as thematic music from well-known soundtracks and musical theatre.
His lively orchestral presentations, in tandem with effective marketing, have attracted worldwide audiences to this emergent subgenre of classical music.
In addition to two World Cradle To The Grave - Mobb Deep - The Infamous AwardsRieu's recordings have gone gold and platinum in many countries, including 8-times Platinum in the Netherlands. Television is also an important outlet for Rieu and his orchestra. Their annual New Year's concerts from Vienna have become a Holiday tradition on public broadcasting stations.
In spite of its wide international success, Rieu's mix of waltzes, popular music, comedy, and pathos has attracted its critics. Chris Boyd, a critic writing for Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper, did not criticize his playing, but described his main stage function as " blarney and delegation".
Of Rieu's popularity and the media debate surrounding him, Eamon Kelly wrote in The Australian newspaper: "It is disappointing to see professional journalists indulging in cheap, inaccurate stereotypes to dismiss criticism of Rieu. Rieu's live and recorded performances have brought joy to millions of people. Few in his audiences are regular classical music attendees and it could be seen as promising that, via Rieu, they are listening to standards of the classical canon.
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