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No one made dance music more fashionable than the Strauss family of composers and bandleaders. Starting in the early 19th century, their waltzes took Vienna by storm and went on to conquer Europe, even into the era of gramophone records.
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Andre Rieu created the modern day version of The Johann Strauss Orchestra in 1987. Following six months of rehearsals, they gave their first concert on 1 January 1988. The orchestra began with only 12 members, but now there are 50, sometimes even 60 on very large stages.
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