Hugely popular Dutch composer, conductor and violinist
There is no more natural a successor to the great Johann Strauss than André Rieu. The Dutch conductor, violinist and composer has taken many cues from the revered Austrian, dedicating his career to recreating the romance and ambiance of a classic Strauss performance, earning his position as the new Waltz King.
Rieu’s charm-laden performances and chart-topping records have brought classical music firmly into the mainstream, reaching the top of the charts in Australia with 2008’s Waltzing Matilda and in the UK with 2011’s And The Waltz Goes On, featuring a composition by actor Anthony Hopkins.
Over a storied career, Rieu has performed for heads of state and royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II, and shared stages with artists from Lou Bega to Trini Lopez.