The Dutch violinist and conductor André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu born on 1 October 1949 is best known for founding the Johann Strauss Orchestra, which specializes in playing waltzes.
As popular as some of the largest international pop and rock music performers, Rieu and his orchestra have made classical and waltz music into a world-wide concert touring act. He now resides in Maastricht, his hometown.
Rieu was the best-selling musician in the Australian market from 2006 to 2011 and had over $50 million in wholesale sales of his CDs and DVDs by May 2011. By December 2008, Rieu had received his 100th platinum accreditation in Australia.
Rieu’s parents were both Roman Catholic, but his name is of French Huguenot heritage. Rieu now regards himself as an atheist.
He is the third of Andries Antonie Rieu’s six children. Teresa and Cilia are his two older sisters. Robert and Jean-Philippe are his two younger brothers and hs youngest sister is Gaby Buirma-Rieu.
The Maastricht Symphony Orchestra was led by Rieu’s dad. At age five, André started learning the violin after shown early promise.
He became enamored with orchestra at a very young age. Between 1968 and 1973, he studied violin with Jo Juda and Herman Krebbers at the Conservatoire Royal de Liège and the Conservatorium de Maastricht.
In 1975, he wed Marjorie Kochmann, his wife. She has created compositions and taught languages. The couples gave birth to two kids, Marc and Pierre.
Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish are among the six languages the legendarry André Rieu can speak.
André Rieu Wife
André Rieu and his wife Marjorie Kochmann married in 1975, whiles André Rieu is a violinist, she is a language teacher and has written compositions. The couples are blessed with two children, Marc and Pierre.
The parents of Marjorie Rieu-Kochmann are Jews. They met When Andre was nine years old and she was eleven. Marjorie was a teacher who focused in teaching Italian and German. She translated a book titled Short History of German Literature in 1981.
She also wrote about Andre in “My Music, My Life.” Additionally, she has penned the lyrics to various songs, such as “Lost Heroes” and “Please, don’t go.”