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In 2010 Gary Bennett released his first CD "Winterreise" from Franz Schubert. This CD was recorded during the sick leave of André. Click on the picture below to get more information about Gary, his CD and the possibility to order this CD.
On December 20th, 2010 the Platin Tenors performed at the Cologne (Germany) Christmas market. Two of the tenors live in Cologne and they were very honored being invited to sing. The concert was done in freezing temperatures, we did not envy the musicians playing with their bare hands!
BELA MAVRAK www.bela-mavrak.de We gave Béla a page of his own, CLICK HERE.
We did not know much about The German tenor Thomas Greuel. In October 2014 we were very happy to read the following message at André Rieu’s Facebook account. Then we had the feeling to know Thomas a little bit better.
In May 2015 Thomas was suddenly gone. No explanation at all by André Rieu Productions, no good bye. We hope that everything is alright with him. In his place came the Frenchman Eric Reddet, who immediately impressed us very much by his voice and personality.
Eric Reddet with his wife Abigail Richard in the entrance of the Kruisheren Hotel in Maastricht.
Three handsome gentlemen and great tenors.
August 21, 2018: Eric Reddet leaves the Johann Strauss Orchestra. Eric Reddet joined the Platin Tenors in May 2015 to replace Thomas Greuel. On August 21st 2018 he announced on Facebook: “Except the few who know already, I gave up my job with André, and am back freelance!” That is quite a decision and the fans were shocked. We understand that Eric prefers to work on his own projects and we wish him a lot of success.
September 15, 2018. The first concert of the USA/Canada tour was the start of the New Platin Tenor: Serge Bosch from Belgium. He is a familiar face: he already joined André Rieu and the JSO in the male choir before. Welcome Serge!
From Bela’s Facebook: The first concert of the tour tonight (in Milwaukee, USA) was also the first concert for our new Platin Tenor: Serge Bosch from Belgium! He did a fantastic job on his first show as our companion. Gary and I are both looking very much forward to working with him. Please give Serge a warm welcome and wish him luck!
The Platin tenors started with André and the Johann Strauss Orchestra in 2005, with Thomas Greuel from Germany. In 2015 Eric Reddet from France joined them and in 2018 Serge Bosch from Belgium. Gary Bennett and Bela Mavrak were there all the time from the beginning. This is what André Rieu wrote on his official website about the Platin tenors, (when Eric was still part of them). The Platin Tenors I don't think one could find three gentlemen who can sing so beautifully together as the Platin Tenors, while at the same time differing so much from each other when off the stage. Gary Bennett comes from Australia, or rather the island of Tasmania. Bela Mavrak is Hungarian and Eric Reddet hails from France. All three of them have wonderful voices and all three of them have sung in the world's greatest operas. Gary studied mathematics and physics at the University of Tasmania, but with his stunning voice, a musical career was inevitable. He moved to London to study singing, and while there, he won a grant for the National Opera Studio. He now lives in Germany. And where should I start to tell about Bela? Considering that his aunt was the only doctor in his native village, Bela was expected to succeed her. His father made him study medicine, but eventually his voice proved to be so beautiful that he too became an opera singer. Whenever we are not touring, Bela again travels all over the world, preferably to places that are as far away and as isolated as possible. He even managed to sing an opera somewhere amongst a tribe of (former) cannibals in New Guinea. When on tour, he goes shopping every day and returns with the most extravagant clothing and shoes, which he subsequently presents on the soundcheck, often to the great hilarity of the entire orchestra. Eric discovered his love of music at a very young age, when he started to play the clarinet at six. While once conducting an opera as a professional clarinet player, he knew that that was what he really wanted: to become a singer. He turned his life around and started singing at 26. Since then he has not so much as touched his clarinet, and now he sings the most beautiful music as a tenor all over the world. In 2018 Eric left the orchestra and Serge Bosch from Belgium started a new career as Platin Tenor. However much they may differ from each other: when they sing together they create a unique sound, brilliant it is with a warmth that strikes directly to one's heart. The first time that I heard them sing in my studio, I thought: I want to take them along with me on tour! Since 2005, they have formed a permanent part of my concerts and since then we have had so much fun together.
2019: Serge Bosch, Bela Mavrak, Gary Bennett.
GARY BENNETT: www.gary-bennett.de We gave Gary a page of his own, click HERE.
In March 2020 the world was in shock since the outbreak of the worldwide corona virus (COVID-19) and all events were canceled, also the André Rieu concerts. In July the borders between Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands opened again with social distancing rules, and the three Platin Tenors with their wives met in Belgium, in Serge’s hometown of Kelmis. Gary and Béla live in Cologne, Germany.
March 20th, 2021. To our surprise we saw Eric Reddet and his wife Abigail Richards performing on Dutch TV in the singing contest “We want more”. They passed the first round with “Granada”.
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