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Date of Birth 1 October 1949Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
Birth NameAndré Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu
Nickname King of the Waltz
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

André Rieu was born on October 1, 1949 in Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands as André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu. He is a composer, known for Andre Rieu: Live at Royal Albert Hall (2001), Andre Rieu: Live in Vienna (2008) and André Rieu - Die große Nacht der Wiener Musik (2006). He has been married to Marjorie Kochmann since October 18, 1975. They have two children.

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Marjorie Kochmann (18 October 1975 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (2)

Father of Marc Rieu (born on November 1, 1978) and Pierre Rieu. Mother is wife Marjorie Kochmann.
Is a violinist, conductor and composer.

Personal Quotes (32)

We should make decisions in life with our hearts, not our brains, not only in music but in daily life.
Mozart composed his music not for the elite, but for everybody.
I'm an un-healable positive optimist.
I am travelling half the year around the world, every year, so coming home is one of the most beautiful things.
I was the black sheep of the family, and my mother never really understood me.
Other people might want a Ferrari, but I wanted a butterfly house. I built it together with a blacksmith. We designed it together.
Now, I've changed my life to make sure I work only on what I love.
It is my personality alone that has brought back the waltz and made it a global craze.
It is a real piece of art if you can make a waltz sound like it is the easiest piece of music to play, because it's really not.
It doesn't matter as long as there's interaction between me and the audience. That's why they come.
I was a fat child and loved cake, perhaps because it was the only sweet thing in my life.
I love reading but I never last very long because I fall asleep right away.
I know that when I like music, when it touches my heart, that it will touch your heart, too. That, I think, is the secret to my success.
I have two speeds, nothing and full pelt.
I have 120 people in my payroll without any government giving me any money. We live off the tickets and the records I sell. That is very unusual.
I first picked up a violin aged five - I just assumed everyone played.
I am a showman in the traditional sense, but modern, too. I like to use sets and lighting to create magic.
I admire Johann Strauss a lot. I believe he was a genius of his time.
For me, I always like to get up bright and early.
Critics or musicians who attack me are jealous of my success and the fact that I make people feel so happy.
People don't come to my concerts because they know the program. They come because they love the atmosphere and because they know that when I offer them a program it will be a night they never forget.
I was so busy with my studies that I didn't have a musical idol as a teenager. Later, around my 20s, I suddenly discovered the Beatles and the Rolling Stones but I guess my musical idol has always been Strauss.
I think there are people who use classical music to say, 'I am better than you, because I know all the rules and you don't.' You're not allowed to have fun or entertain.
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.
You go to a pop concert or a classical concert but there's nothing in between.
When I'm not on tour, I love to have a long breakfast at home in my garden.
When I was 4 or 5, I attended my father's concerts. He very often played Strauss waltzes as encores and I saw something happening with the audience.
The waltz is a very important part of my life. It's a very important way for me to express my positiveness, bringing humor to the world.
The classical music world is so snobbish.
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.
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.
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.

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