2013 began in the traditional way with 2 concerts in Cologne, Germany. In March, André toured throughout the USA and Canada, where Paul Anka attended one of the concerts and sang his biggest hit ‘My Way’ on stage with André. Five concerts in Rio de Janeiro followed.
On April 30 2013 André gave a ‘Coronation Concert’ on Museum Square in Amsterdam in honor of the investiture of the new King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Tens of thousands of cheering people attended the unique concert which was broadcast live on national television. Not much later the DVD and CD ‘Rieu Royale’ were released, which included André’s ‘Coronation Waltz’ that he wrote especially for the occasion.
André resumed his tour in May with concerts in Denmark and Austria. Followed by his first concerts on Argentine and Chilean soil.
By the end of June The Vrijthof Square was once again the stunning backdrop for André’s traditional summer concerts in his hometown Maastricht. Motown legend Jermaine Jackson, who already recorded several songs with André in March, joined André on stage where he sang an emotional rendition of ‘Smile’, one of the favorite songs of his late brother Michael.
Singer and guitarist Trini Lopez also flew in to Maastricht to attend the Maastricht concerts. Together with André he performed his world famous hits ‘La Bamba’ and ‘If I had a Hammer’, bringing the audience to its feet dancing, singing, clapping and cheering.
After a short summer break the show goes on in September with tours throughout Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
October marks the start of André’s weekly documentary series ‘André Rieu: Welcome To My World’. The 10-part series documenting the world behind the scenes of André’s concerts is broadcasted by Sky Arts.
Also in October, André won the ‘Album of the Year award’ at the Classic BRITs – for the third year in a row. His album ‘Magic of the Movies’ beat competition from other nominees including Andrea Bocelli, Lang Lang and Nicola Benedetti.
André gave his first ever concert in Turkey in November 2013. The sold out concert in Istanbul’s Sinan Erdem Dome was an enormous success and André promised the audience that they would return as soon as possible. In December 14 sold out concerts followed through the UK & Ireland.