Cello, it’s Elton calling
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.”