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Sat 17 Jan 2015, 8:00pm

Where: Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Maple

Following their critically acclaimed and sold out 2014 Australian tour, 2Cellos, music’s most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, will return to New Zealand in January 2015. The duo will play 17 January 2015 at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre.

Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2Cellos, came to international fame in 2011 when their cello version of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal went viral. It has since reached over 20 million youtube views. Their playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. 2Cellos have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out, as evidenced in the mind-blowing clip of their version of the AC/DC track Thunderstruck (now at over 25 million views).

Since 2011, 2Cellos have released 2 albums through Sony Masterworks – their self-titled debut album and In2ition, released in 2013. Aside from their huge online following where they continue to amaze with new YouTube hits, 2Cellos main focus has always been playing live. Performing with Sir Elton John on his tour, they have travelled around the globe several times, opening the shows to rapturous acclaim. 2Cellos toured Australia as part of Elton John’s band on his 2011 and 2012 Australian tours.

In addition to touring with Sir Elton, 2Cellos have collaborated with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age and George Michael. They have also worked on various projects with winning producers T-Bone Burnett and Humberto Gatica and with the legendary film composer James Newton Howard.

Sulic and Hauser have played the cello since childhood; Sulic graduated from the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, and Hauser from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, both in 2011. Sulic has won a series of top prizes at numerous prestigious international music competitions including First and Special Prize at the VII Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw (2009), First Prize at the European Broadcasting Union “New Talent” Competition (2006) and First Prize at the Royal Academy of Music Patron’s Award in Wigmore Hall (2011) among others. Hauser has worked with acclaimed classical artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernard Greenhouse, Mennahem Pressler and Ivry Gitlis, to mention a few. He has collected no less than twenty-one first prizes at national and international music competitions.

2Cellos released their second album In2ition in January 2013. The album was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Deep Purple) and features an eclectic group of vocal and instrumental guests including Elton John, Steve Vai, Lang Lang, Naya Rivera and Zucherro.

2Cellos new album will be released in January 2015 through Sony Masterworks.

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