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André Rieu, “The King of Waltz,” to Perform in Strasbourg on March 1, 2024

André Rieu, along with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, consisting of 60 musicians known for being the largest private orchestra in the world, is set to perform at the Zenith de Strasbourg on March 1, 2024. Rieu, the renowned Dutch violinist and conductor, has captivated audiences around the globe with his spectacular concerts, regularly creating a magical atmosphere with his performances. His shows often feature grand renditions of classic waltzes, including hits such as “The Emperor Waltz,” “Life is Beautiful,” and “Love is an Eternal Song.”

Rieu’s annual tours draw over 600,000 spectators, providing unforgettable moments for those fortunate enough to attend his performances. This year’s special guest is the young prodigy Emma Kok, who gained international acclaim at the age of 15 following her appearance on The Voice Kids in the Netherlands. Her rendition of Barbara Pravi’s “Voilà” has garnered over 60 million views on social media. Despite battling gastroparesis, Kok aims to advance research for this incurable disease through her foundation.

The French leg of André Rieu’s tour includes only two dates: one at the Zenith de Strasbourg on March 1, 2024, and another at the Accor Arena in Paris on March 2, 2024, before heading to Abu Dhabi.

Listeners of France Bleu Alsace have a chance to win tickets to the concert of the year on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. Additionally, two lucky winners will get an exclusive opportunity to meet the global star during his visit to the Alsatian capital.

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André Rieu: A Brief Biography

Born on October 1, 1949, in Maastricht, Netherlands, André Rieu hails from a family of Huguenot descent, which explains his French-sounding surname, a common occurrence in the Netherlands. Inspired by his conductor father, he began playing the violin at the age of five and grew up immersed in classical music. Rieu studied at the Royal Conservatories of Liège and Maastricht before continuing his education at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels under André Gertler, earning top honors in 1977.

Fluent in Dutch, French, German, and English, Rieu has made a name for himself by playing famous classical pieces, such as Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” in a style that makes classical music accessible to a broad audience. He believes in breaking down barriers in music and also performs symphonic versions of popular hits, including the theme from the film Titanic and the well-known German military march “Alte Kameraden,” along with compositions he has co-created with his brother Jean-Philippe Rieu.

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