With an incredible number of 714,617 tickets sold and a gross revenue of $76.9 million André Rieu clinched the 8th position in Pollstar's top 10 of worldwide touring acts. At 59, Rieu is still burning from ambition and his next goal is to definitively conquer the USA. André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra will be appearing at the Allstate Arena. In April, André Rieu and the Johann Straus Orchestra kick off their North American tour. The tour will open in Toronto and go on to play an unforgettable new show in thirty-five cities across Canada and the United States. Known as the King of Waltz, André Rieu performs in sold-out venues all over the world. The chart-topping Dutch violinist and conductor has sold more than 30 million albums globally. Eleven of his albums have gone gold or platinum and, in April of 2008, Rieu dominated the Australian charts, beating out the Australian Idol and even Madonna for the #1 album. Encouraged by his father, a symphony conductor, Rieu began violin lessons at the age of five. Rieu's training eventually brought him to the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he was awarded the Premier Prix. In 1978, he formed the Johann Strauss Orchestra, which has grown from twelve to nearly fifty members. André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra now perform for thousands of devoted fans across the globe, selling out concerts in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, the US, and all over Europe! Fans adore Rieu for the uplifting, festive atmosphere at his concerts. Crowned the "King of Waltz" by the media, he believes that classical music is for everyone to enjoy. Following in the footsteps of Johann Strauss himself, Rieu encourages his audiences to get out of their seats and waltz in the aisles.