10 Questions for Andre Rieu
TROS magazine/ Translations Sonja
Thank you Janny van Wingerden
Question 1: What do you miss most on TV?
Andre :Good drama, I do miss that a bit. For instance on our first
black and white Television we watched, ‘Van oude mensen, de dingen
die voorbij gaan’ ( Older TV program ‘From old people, things that
Question 2: Which of the things you have done for Television, do you like best?
Andre : I like my specials best. I find it very exciting to make those. And when you
then find out that they rerun them frequently and people still watch the reruns, that is a
Question 3: Would you like to present a program yourself?
Andre : I present my specials in my own way, and I find that a nice way to present the
music to the public, but if I could present a program myself……? Who knows.... (Andre
did present the specials ‘Zauber der Music’ together with Barbara Wussow for the
German TV station ZDF. The specials were on ZDF three years in a row. One filmed in
Salzburg, one in Maastricht and one in Vienna, they are great programs with a variety of
Question 4: What is your biggest Dream?
Andre : My biggest dream is to stay healthy and to be able to continue to bring the
classical music to the public. With my music I want to bring a bit of happiness to the
Question 5: What was your first job?
Andre : In my vacation I worked for a paper factory. I wanted to take a summer class
and my parents decided that I had to earn the money for it myself. I worked the late night
shift and had to move gigantic rolls of paper. I got such a roll on my toes once and that
hurt! They weight a thousand pounds.
Question 6: What was your biggest mistake?
Andre : I am not really sure, I still have to make it, I think.
Question 7: Who is your biggest example (mentor) ?
Andre :My biggest example is Herman Krebbers, I have
had lessons from him, and when I study I often think of him.
Question 8: What do you hope the fans will say about you?
Andre : I hope my fans think I am a nice guy who has brought
them pleasure with his music.
Question 9: What is your worst character trait?
Andre : I am very impatient, I always want things done yesterday.
Question 10: What irritates you the most?
Andre : In general I do not get irritated very quickly. Maybe artificial flowers in Hotel
rooms, I really dislike that. There you have a beautiful suite and there is a large bunch of
artificial flowers, Then you are better of without anything. (Funny, I use to think the same
way, must be Dutch, but flowers in Holland are inexpensive and here they are very
expensive, so now I too have some silk flowers.)
Zauber der Music. Andre and Barbara Wussow presentors.