You’ve got to love how YouTube has given musicians the power to raise themselves to stardom in a way that would’ve been impossible even 15 years ago. The latest viral Internet music fairytale is 2Cellos, a pair of 24-year-old cellists from Croatia. Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser posted a self-made music video of themselves performing Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. The video received millions of views and earned them a record deal with Sony MASTERWORKS. They also received a phone call from none other than Elton John, who invited them to join him on his European tour this summer.
TV viewers got their first glimpse of the duo on the April 25 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres show. You can check out the video here.
In addition to being easy on the eyes, Luka and Stjepan have some serious classical chops. Luka has performed at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Stjepan has performed in the Royal Albert Hall and South Bank Center. The two cellists have also racked up an impressive array of prizes in international cello competitions.
2Cellos will release their debut album in July 2011 with arrangements of hits by artists including Guns N’ Roses, U2, Trent Reznor, and Kings of Leon.
According to Stjepan, “Both Luka and I love classical music and have studied it for years, but we are really excited put our own take on classics by some of our favorite pop and rock artists.
You can check out their video of “Smooth Criminal”below. The duo displays impressive technique and improvisation abilities, although it seems like they might be having a contest to see who can break the most bow hairs. But judging by this video, their upcoming album should be pretty interesting.