Luxe people >>
It sounds a little bit cliché, but I’d like to mention both my families: my small family, which is my wife, my sons with their wives and my five grandchildren; and my big family, which are all the members of my orchestra, about sixty people.
Luxe places >>
For a weekend > Since we tour a lot around the world (about hundred concerts every year), I love it when I’m able to be home for a weekend. “There’s no place like home”, Dorothy said in “The Wizard of Oz” and she was right!
A long holiday > Every year, I take a little break and go to one of my most favourite cities in the world – Rome. Incredible to see how the architecture from nearly 2,000 years ago managed to survive that long – I’m a big fan of history.
Luxe relax >>
In my garden at home in Maastricht.
Best food > There are many lovely dishes and I’m very fond of various cuisines, but when one makes a real endive stew with a nice steak, little pieces of caramelised red onion and baked bacon, I’m the happiest man in the world.
Best wine > I try to live healthy and don’t drink any alcohol anymore. But… a few years ago, I had the opportunity to drink a glass of red wine, which was produced by a famous film producer who has his own vineyard. Incredibly delicious!
Favourite restaurant > I don’t go out for dinner that often, but when I go, I often choose my favourite Italian ‘ristorante’ in Maastricht – “Il Giardino” (the ‘little garden’) on the Our Beloved Lady Square, very friendly people and an exquisite menu.
Downtime means > Going to the greenhouse, the tropical garden near my castle where I can feed the koy fishes, hear the birds sing and see the many-coloured butterflies fly around me. That’s the ultimate moment of relaxation for me.
Best telly > I’m not a big television fan, although there used to be a series I loved called Robin of Sherwood with Michael Praed. It included some nice music from Clannad too, if I’m not mistaken. I also like to watch the German version of Who wants to be a Millionaire and the crime series Donna Leon, for which I composed the soundtrack.
Best theatre > I never really go to the theatre, since I perform there myself quite often. I only tend to go for leisure when my grandchildren have ballet school performances, or something like that.
Best book > Can I mention two books? Singing in the Brain by Dutch neurophysician Erik Scherder, and the Kingsbridge trilogy by Ken Follett.
Best sounds > Humming birds on an early spring morning, children’s voices, a roaring fire, or the chiming of the Grameer, the biggest church bell of Maastricht which hangs in the St. Servaas Church – its deep, ominous sound can only be heard on special festive days.
Luxe shop >>
No shop in particular. I love to bring home gifts from touring. I buy hand-painted Christmas tree decorations from all over the world.
Best shopping city > Maastricht, of course. It is not a big city but it offers everything you are looking for.
Favourite shop > Once in a while, I go to Max Dietl in Munich for my tails and jackets.
Luxe retail treat > My Tesla.
Best buy > My Stradivarius! The Italian master made several instruments and I feel so privileged to play on one of the last pieces of art he made. My violin dates from 1732 and he died in 1737.
Luxe party >>
I don’t go to parties, I really prefer to celebrate in a small circle with some friends at home.
A memorable night out > Sometimes, my orchestra members and me have a little chitchat after a concert, but most of the time, I go to bed. My father in law used to say: “early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”!
Best dress > It has to be what I wear on stage. I’m very fond of it and it is a little bit of the Rieu trademark perhaps. Just like Michael Jackson’s silver gloves or Sir Elton John’s glasses, my blue tails are a part of me.
Dinner date > My wife Marjorie and our children and grandchildren.
Your luxe thing in life >>
My red sofa, where I have my power nap before each and every concert. I couldn’t live without it! When I sleep on that couch, the battery is completely reloaded for the rest of an evening, filled with music and happiness.
André Rieu presents a brand-new concert, recorded at Sydney’s Town Hall in Australia, to hundreds of thousands of fans on Saturday 5 January & Sunday 6 January 2019 across UK Cinemas.