Cello, it’s El­ton call­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

YOU know your mu­sic ca­reer is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion when El­ton John phones you per­son­ally.

That is ex­actly what hap­pened to Croa­t­ian cel­lists St­jepan Hauser and Luka Sulic (pic­tured) when their per­for­mance of Michael Jack­son’s Smooth Crim­i­nal went vi­ral in 2011.

“Luka took the call; it was a dream come true,” Hauser said.

“Ev­ery­thing started hap­pen­ing overnight; all the ma­jor la­bels were con­tact­ing us, big festivals and tele­vi­sion pro­grams, in­clud­ing The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The pair known as 2Cel­los have re­leased three al­bums since then, with a fourth due out next year, and will re­turn to Aus­tralia this month with a con­cert at Belvoir Am­phithe­atre on Novem­ber 26 fea­tur­ing a set list rang­ing from AC/DC and Nir­vana to Vi­valdi and Bach.

Hauser was eight years old and grow­ing up in small coastal city Pula when he started played cello.

“I heard it on the ra­dio and fell in love with the in­stru­ment in­stantly; it was such a beau­ti­ful, mag­i­cal sound,” he said. “I knew straight away it was the only in­stru­ment I wanted to play and have done so for 22 years.”

Be­ing two am­bi­tious young cel­lists in the same country, Hauser and Sulic in­evitably crossed paths as teenagers.

“Peo­ple thought we were ri­vals but we were also great friends at the same time,” Hauser said.

“We al­ways wanted to do some­thing to­gether be­cause we both played with so much pas­sion, adrenalin and en­ergy.”

Not want­ing to be lim­ited to just clas­si­cal mu­sic, the duo sought to at­tract a wide au­di­ence and show them ex­actly what a cello was ca­pa­ble of do­ing.

“We wanted to rock,” Hauser said. “We like our shows to be loud.”

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