Rieu, who already clinched the 8th position on Pollstar's 2008 touring chart, is pleased with the news.
Says Rieu:"It is fantastic. The last 30 years I worked hard to entertain as many people as possible and show them that classical music can be a lot of fun. That is my mission and the fact that we're so high on the chart shows that we succeed in that."
Although Rieu's success is remarkable to outsiders, it is by no means a huge surprise for the millions who already have discovered Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. Rieu's concerts are very different from what many people expect from a classical concert. Being a natural showman Rieu gets the audience, ranging from 0 to 100, out of their chair and on their feet, dancing, clapping and laughing. Rieu's concerts are extravaganzas that attract thousands of fans a night.
The success of Rieu is truly global. In the last year, Rieu and his 55
piece Johann Strauss Orchestra toured
Ambassador of classical music
Rieu, who plays a 1732 Stradivarius, is passionate about music and is
dedicated to introduce children to the world of classical music. "In
SOURCE Andre Rieu Productions