Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser of 2CELLOS are passionate dueling cellists who blend classical music with pop and rock. They perform their own unaccompanied take on artists that range from U2, Michael Jackson, Sting, Coldplay to Nirvana. These Croatian cellists go beyond their classical roots and evoke any number of effects from their cellos including rapid-fire bowing, pizzicato and percussive slaps like flamenco guitar. They bounce melodies back and forth like a musical badminton match, seamlessly picking up lines from each other.
The meteoric success of 2CELLOS started when former cello rivals Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser decided to join forces. In January 2011, they uploaded a unique cello version of “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson onto YouTube. Within just a few weeks, their video became a huge viral sensation, receiving over 5 million views. This led to a record deal and an invitation to join Elton John on his worldwide tour.
2CELLOS appeared as the special musical guests on Fox’s hit TV series Glee where they performed “Smooth Criminal” in the Michael Jackson tribute episode. This was the first time that an instrumental duo had performed as guests on the show.
The duo has appeared on National TV shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Sulic and Hauser are accomplished musicians who have been playing the cello since childhood. Both recently completed their studies at the acclaimed Royal Academy in London. Sulic has performed all over the world at renowned venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus. He has won a series of international prizes including first prize at the VII Lutoslawski International Cello Competition (Warsaw, 2009).
Hauser is also a talented cellist and has performed around the world in most European countries, South Africa, New Zealand and the USA, with debuts in London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, South Bank Centre and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. In his short career, he has already won twenty-one first prizes in national and international competitions including the prestigious Adam Cello Competition in New Zealand 2009 and VTB Capital Prize for Young Cellists 2009.
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