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2Cellos is a cello duo from Croatia comprising of two young and energetic cellists, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser. Both the cellists are exceptionally talented and have been praised by their peers. The duo has performed at international venues and has been featured on popular US shows, such as Glee and The Bachelor. 2Cellos performs mainly in the classical, chamber music, instrumental and cello rock genres, infusing multiple types of music to create a sound unique to them.
Currently, the talented young men are touring all across the world to promote their music. They have upcoming shows in various European countries, such as Poland, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and France, among others. The duo will then be travelling to the US for their much awaited performances. Due to some unavoidable scheduling conflicts, their tour dates in the US for October and November, 2017, have been moved to January, 2018. The New Year will see them travel to multiple cities across the US. If you want to catch them live in action, you have got to get your hands on these 2Cellos tickets at the earliest. With only twelve shows planned in the US, the tickets are expected to run out fast!
Background and Early Days
Hauser and Sulic met at a master class in Croatia during their teen years. Sulic, the younger one, was enrolled at the Academy of Music in Zagreb and was studying in Vienna at the time. He later entered the Royal Academy of Music in London for advanced studies. Hauser, on the other hand, went to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Their initial rise to fame is attributed to a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”, which became a hit on YouTube. After receiving more than three million views in the first two weeks, the two cellists became somewhat of an instant sensation. They initially faced some financial difficulties, despite the success of their music in the UK. After meeting with one of Hauser’s friends, who happened to be a director, the duo made a video for their version of “Smooth Criminal”. It is from that point on that their career took off.
Professional Career and Breakthrough
After getting the attention of major music labels, 2Cellos signed on to Sony Masterworks. The duo finished recording their self-titled debut album in May 2010, which was released on 19th July, 2011. This album covered songs of major artists such as U2, Nine Inch Nails, Sting, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Coldplay, Kings of Leon and Muse. The duo chose songs that could be adapted into a cover playable only on two cellos. Before releasing the album, 2Cellos released the single “Welcome to the Jungle” – a Guns N’ Roses cover, which was very well received.
Discography and Successes
2Cellos released their second studio album titled In2ition, in 2013. This album featured a multitude of diverse tracks with vocal duet partners such as Elton John, Naya Rivera, Steve Vai, Sky Ferreira, Zucchero and Lang Lang. Tracks included covers from various famous artists such as AC/DC, Coldplay and Muse. This album peaked at no.5 on the Japanese Albums Chart in August, 2013. Their fame in Japan has been so widespread and impactful that 20th January has officially been declared as a ‘2Cellos Day” in Japan by the Japanese Anniversary Association.
2Cellos released their third album called Celloverse in 2015. This album contained AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”, Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us”, Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and many other popular contemporary songs.
In 2017, the duo released another album called Score. This piece of art was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres and More
Soon after the release of their debut album, the talented cellists were invited by Elton John to appear on his 2011 tour, which kicked off in Cardiff. Elton John personally contacted the artists after having seen their cover of “Smooth Criminal”. He spoke greatly of 2Cellos, telling fans to “go and see them live, because it really is astonishing!” he added, “I can’t remember seeing anything as exciting as them since I saw Jimi Hendrix live back in the ‘60s.”
In addition to being given a huge boost by the legendary Elton John, 2Cellos were also invited to play on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on 25th April, 2011. They also performed at the iTunes Festival in London in 2011. Their version of “Smooth Criminal” was also featured in the third season of the popular show, Glee. The duo has also performed at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Monday Night Football and the UEFA Champions League Final in the UK.
2Cellos has had the honor of performing at various festivals and famous arenas, including Arena Zagreb in 2012, Arena Pula in 2013 and EXIT Festival in 2014. The duo performed at the Arena di Verona in 2016 as their fifth anniversary concert.
The duo has won multiple awards individually and collectively. Sulic won the First and Special Prize at the prestigious VII Lutoslawski International Cello Competition held in Warsaw in 2009 and the First Prize at the European Broadcasting Union “New Talent” Competition in 2006. Hauser also has more than twenty first prizes to his name at the national and international levels and has performed twice for Prince Charles.
Collectively, the duo has won the Porin (music award) in the categories of Best International Album and Best International Song for “Smooth Criminal”. Their second album, In2ition was nominated for the Best International Album. In addition to this, 2Cellos has also won two Japan Gold Disc Awards for Instrumental Album of the Year and Song of the Year by Download for “Kagemusha”. They have also been nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award and have won a Vecernjak's Rose.
2Cellos Concert Tickets
2Cellos are now all set to perform at multiple venues across the world, including Europe and the US. With your favorite covers on the playlist, you have got to get your hands on these 2Cellos concert tickets at the earliest. For fans, this is the ideal opportunity to dance to the beautiful music recreated on the cello by these amazingly talented young men, so don’t miss out!