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Bild Stars Magazine (3) December 2015
Gary Bennet, tenor (Platin tenors) I am the most southern member of the entire orchestra,  since I hail from Tasmania (Australia). Béla Mavrák tenor (Platin Tenors) André made possible for me to sing into the hearts of millions of people. That's why I am very grateful to him. Eric Reddet, tenor (Platin Tenors) I have only been singing with André for just this year, but I was immediately warmly accepted in the lap of the "Johann Strauss family" and I feel more comfortable there than I have ever felt at other concerts. Nathalie Bolle, flute I am a passionate collector of gems and minerals from the entire world. They are wonderful memories of the many countries in which I performed with André. Franco Vulcano, double base. Even though it sometimes hurts for a while to be away from my family, it still is a great joy for me to be able to perform with André and the wonderful JSO and to see how we give so many people joy, happiness and cheerfulness every evening.
His parents had just moved with their two daughters from Amsterdam to Maastricht, there he came into the world on October 1, 1949 at 8.45 PM. André Léon Marie Nicholas Rieu, the first born son, named after his father André senior, a famous conductor. The middle names given him were names from three saints, because his father was deeply religious. After André, his parents had two more sons and one daughter. All children had to play music at home. André received his first violin lesson at the age of 5. Even as a youngster he only knew classical music like Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn. He was not even aware that bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones caused a musical revolution worldwide. From the very beginning his musical life was dedicated to the violin. With the pictures above: Father André with four of his children: Cilia, Teresia, André and Robert. A chubby cherub: André with his older sisters Teresia (left) and Cilia (right). Andre Léon Marie Nicholas, at the age of 5.
1954: Little André received his first violin at the age of 5. Shortly thereafter his father took him to a concert for the first time. 1968: As a student he perfected his violin playing at the music academies of Liège and Maastricht, under tutelage amongst others by Jo Juda and Herman Krebbers. 1978: The establishment of the Maastricht Salon Orchestra. It made Rieu well-known in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. 1987: The Johann Strauss Orchestra is his biggest success. He is celebrated as a star all across the world and sells millions of records.
Stage crew. Mario, Bert, and Toine erect the stage and take care of the decorations. Production. This duo controls the technical challenges in each venue. Sound. Engineer Wim van der Molen and his crew are responsible for the perfect sound. Even the smallest flute sounds big. Office. For 15 years Frans Neus has managed the company's operational processes as "Chief Operating Officer" Assistant. Youri Wystyrk is responsible for Rieu's valuable Stradivari violin. Video Director Michel Fizzano is responsible for the video images. With a camera crew of 4 people he puts the brilliant images on the big screens. Camera. Under the direction of Michel Fizzano this quartet is responsible for the brilliant images on the big screens. Riggin team These three people are responsible for the hanging installations, e.g. the big screens.
Michel Fizzano and his camera crew
Production duo
Wim van der Molen and his sound crew.
Riggin Team
Fun pictures: Left: The phone connection to the family is perfect! The hair-do not yet! Below: Photos in André’s violin case: his twin granddaughters. For fun he put them on his glasses!
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