LUXE LIFE: ANDRÉ RIEU

Dutch violinist and conductor, André Rieu is making his way to Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena this Christmas. With new album 'Romantic Moments II' due for release on 7 December, we catch up with the musician to find out his luxe things in life...
LUXE LIFE: ANDRÉ RIEU

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.


See André Rieu live at Metro Radio Arena Newcastle on Friday 21 December. Tickets: andrerieu.com | metroradioarena.co.uk

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. 

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