"Michael, our inspiration forever!"
[2CELLOS'] success started in January 2011, after [Stjepan Hauser] upload[ed] a cello version of "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson on YouTube, together with fellow cellist and friend Luka Sulic. Now called 2CELLOS, they became first cellists ever to really hit the big time and live a real "American dream." No other classical musician in history has received that kind of publicity and media attention, followed by millions of fans from all over the world. They signed a record deal with Sony Masterworks and were invited to tour with Sir Elton John. Shortly after uploading the video, they made their first TV appearance in the US on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 2CELLOS will start touring the world and make all the major TV appearances after the release of their first album.
Still in his early twenties, cellist Stjepan Hauser has performed in the biggest venues in Europe, as the soloist with many major orchestras in country and abroad. Outstanding performances in most European countries, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand and the USA, with sensational debuts in Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and South Bank Centre bear witness of his incomparable artistry.
He is laureate of UK's most prestigious international competitions and awards and has collected during his short career no less than twenty-one first prizes in national and international competitions. By winning all those prizes, he has built an enviable reputation for himself, so much so that he has been bidden to play for H R H Prince Charles both at Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace.
He was one of the very last cellist whom the great Rostropovich heard during his life. As one of his last students, Stjepan played on many concerts dedicated to him. This young cellist has worked with and impressed the most revered classical artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernard Greenhouse, Heinrich Schiff, Arto Noras, Frans Helmerson, Philippe Muller, Stephen Kovacevich, Mennahem Pressler and Ivry Gitlis, to mention a few. He completed his undergraduate studies with Natalia Pavlutskaya in London and postgraduate studies with Ralph Kirshbaum at RNCM in Manchester and with Bernard Greenhouse in the USA. In October 2006 he was the only cellist chosen to perform in the gala concert at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence for the late Mstislav Rostropovich, who was most impressed by this young artist. During his studies in London he was a member of renowned The Greenwich Trio.
Luka Sulic is a young cellist whose international reputation grows with every performance. He won series of prizes at international music competitions including first and special prize at the VII Lutoslawski International Cello Competition Warsaw, 2009) as well as first prize at the European Broadcasting Union “New Talent” Competition (Bratislava, 2006).
He has given a number of solo and chamber music appearances in, South America and Japan in major venues such as Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus. As a soloist he appeared with orchestras such as Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Russian Symphony Orchestra. Among his chamber music partners were Radovan Vlatkovic and Boris Berezovsky.
He studied with Valter Dešpalj in Zagreb, Reinhard Latzko in Vienna and he is currently studying with Mats Lidstrom at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
He regularly performs at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Ljubljana Festival. He also took part in Vladimir Spivakov Foundation Concerts in, featuring young talents and laureates from all over the world. He was chosen to participate in the New Masters on Tour concert series performing in prestigious concert venues all over Europe.
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