André Rieu has set a new milestone, and one which is not found anywhere else in the international world of music. Since the beginning of his extraordinary career, the violinist and conductor has reached the magic number of 500 platinum awards in total for worldwide sales of albums and DVDs.
My note: I did PR for 12 of those awards here in Canada, too
His first album, Strauss & Co., meant the breakthrough in the German market for this always friendly musician from Maastricht and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. Soon other countries, and even other continents, followed. Throughout the world, his albums and concert tickets always sell quickly and he regularly breaks sales records. To date, he has sold 40 million albums and each year he performs in front of 600,000 people.
In November of last year, André Rieu released his latest album, Amore, consisting of 18 brand new studio tracks. In addition, the anniversary DVD Magic of Maastricht – 30 Years Johann Strauss Orchestra has been issued, which wonderfully shows the romantic open-air atmosphere during the annual Maastricht residency concerts. This year they have been scheduled once again for July with a record number of 13 events. From March onwards, André Rieu and his Orchestra are back on the road for another global tour where they will appear in Mexico City, Tel Aviv, Cologne, Salzburg, Zagreb, Kraków, Prague, Vienna, Copenhagen, New York, Detroit, Washington, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Sydney, and more.