World-famous violinist Andre Rieu, who is also the founder of the Johann Strauss Orchestra, is in Istanbul today at the Sinan Erdem Sports Hall.
The event, which is being organized by MAP, Piu Music and CEO Event, will also provide an opportunity for 25 lucky fans w to meet the prominent musician.
The Johann Strauss Orchestra began in 1987 with 12 members and the first concert was given on New Year’s Day 1988. It now performs with Rieu with between 80 and 150 musicians.
At the time the orchestra first toured Europe, a renewed interest in waltz music emerged on the continent. The revival began in the Netherlands and was ignited by their recording of the “Second Waltz” from Shostakovich’s “Suite for Variety Orchestra.” As a result, Rieu became known as “the Waltz King.”
Rieu and his orchestra have performed throughout Europe, North and South America, and Japan. Winning a number of awards including two World Music Awards, their recordings have gone gold and platinum in many countries, including eight-times Platinum in the Netherlands.
He records both DVD and CD repertoires at his own recording studios in Maastricht in a wide range of classical music, as well as popular and folk music, plus music from well-known soundtracks and musical theater. His lively orchestral presentations, in tandem with incessant marketing, have attracted worldwide audiences to this subgenre of classical music.