Violinist cancels with ‘loss of voice’

Violinist cancels with ‘loss of voice’


norman lebrecht

March 07, 2020

This might be a first.

The Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu has cancelled two weekend concerts in Germany due to ‘an inflammation of the vocal cords combined with complete loss of voice.’

Next: Netrebko cancels with tennis elbow.


  • CYM says:

    Good news, musically …

  • George says:

    Rieus moderations and the communication with the audience are a very important part of his concerts. He is a conferencier on stage. He needs his voice.

  • Violin comment says:

    He is an untalented fool and caricature of violin. Is best he cancel all his concerts forevermore.

    • Ellingtonia says:

      And you are just a little bit “thick”, but then again if one is as talentless as your good self then the abuse of a fellow musician is what is to be expected.

    • Saskia Ellmer says:

      A journalist once wrote Rieu is the “Hansi Hinterseer under the violonists”. I loved him for those true words….

    • Bill says:

      And yet the great Andre Gertler taught him. Who taught you? How many people turn out to watch you play?

      Rieu wouldn’t be my first choice for the Brahms concerto, but for Strauss waltzes led from the violin, well, Boskovsky and Maazel are no longer active, who would you suggest is better?

    • Peter says:

      Idiot!! He brings happiness to millions. Unlike you..

    • Aoife says:

      What a bigoted tw@t you are. You do realise there’s a whole orchestra on stage surely? Probably not, must be hard to see anything with your head lodged so firmly up your own ar*ehole.

  • Barb says:

    He does do a lot of talking in his concerts. If you have a sore throat of any kind you cannot push a violin against it!

  • harry collier says:

    Violinist ???

  • Enrique Sanchez says:

    He is probably the Liberace of the violin. And that is saying a lot.

    • Grabenassel says:

      well, if you check out old recordings of Liberace on YT it is obvious that he played on a much higher level than Rieu ever could…

  • benjamin 613 says:

    next: Placido Domingo cancels all future engagements due to dwindling VIAGRA-production in China

  • Bruce says:

    There used to be a genre of music called “light classical” that comprised things like Strauss waltzes, Suppé overtures, operetta excerpts and whatnot. Rieu would have fit comfortably into this once-respected field, which was not seen as an abomination or a threat to “real” classical music.

  • CW says:

    As Liberaci once said, “you know that bank they always say I’m laughing all the way to? I bought it!”

    It’s not for you, so be it. He brings music of a “classical style” to many thousands who enjoy it. I have no problem with that. You have plenty of artists to support who could really, really use the support. Go do so.

  • fflambeau says:

    I placed him #2 (behind only the Met) for public relations.

    He’s excellent at it and for knowing his audience for whom he puts on a good show. He may not be a great violinist but I think he knows that; he’s compensated in other areas.

    Let’s hope he has a speedy recovery.

  • Figaro says:

    Well, Joshua Bell has an album called The Voice of the Violin…? :-)))

  • Karl says:

    I’m not a fan either, but I can’t bring myself to dis him. He is well known for his philanthropy.