André Rieu: I may have to sell my Stradmain
From an interview with the Dutch bandmaster:
“We are in the midst of the crisis, with a few bright spots, but also a lot of threats. The support of the Dutch government for companies is 80% as of this month. And then it will be 70%, then 60% and then it will stop. And after it stops, I think in June 2021, it could go very quickly and then I might not be able to make it. So June could be the point of no return. I have had a few good years, but 120 permanent employees and many freelancers, who also work for me, that’s a lot of people. But I have good hope, and my life has always been about taking risks. All my life I thought let’s dare and do it! Entrepreneurship is daring. I gave up my job in an orchestra to build my own orchestra, I bought a castle and always want to try new things, and that means taking a risk. And I say it again: I’d rather sell my Stradivarius to cover a few more months than fire a member of my orchestra.”
The André Rieu orchestra has not performed since March 5. 2020.