The dynamic young cellist who rocketed to fame as half of the genre-busting worldwide musical sensation 2CELLOS, HAUSER now gears up to release his new solo album entitled Classic, set for release February 7 from Sony Classical.
Drawn to the cello as a little boy when he first heard it played on the radio in his native Croatia, HAUSER began to learn the instrument at the age of 8. His remarkable potential was recognized not long after, when he began an intense study of music, the cello and classical repertoire that eventually took him to London, Manchester and Boston for conservatory training. Upon graduation in 2011, HAUSER joined fellow cellist Luka Šulić to become 2CELLOS, creating a viral cello version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," which catapulted the duo's global success.
In the classical world, HAUSER collected some 21 first prizes in prestigious national and international cello competitions, performing twice in London for Prince Charles at Buckingham and St. James's Palaces. He was also the last student to play for and perform with the iconic Russian cellist/conductor/humanitarian Mstislav Rostropovich. As a soloist, HAUSER has performed in many of Europe's greatest classical venues, including London's Wigmore Hall and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.
The meteoric rise of 2CELLOS led HAUSER and Šulić to join Sir Elton John on tour globally, sign with Sony Music Masterworks and release five successful albums, as well as sell out arena dates around the world. As 2CELLOS, they have performed in iconic venues such as Rome's Colosseum, New York City's Radio City Music Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, Italy's Arena di Verona, the Olympia in Paris, Tokyo's Budokan and the Sydney Opera House.
From performing in sold-out arenas across the globe as one-half of renowned duo 2CELLOS to striking out on his own and making his Sony Classical solo debut, HAUSER continues the momentum of 2019 into the New Year, today announcing the February 7 release of his new album CLASSIC. Available for preorder now, Classic includes some of the most beloved classical melodies ever written, each a personal, longtime favorite of HAUSER he's carefully curated and rearranged for the cello. Making its debut today is one of these iconic melodies, Puccini's incredibly emotional aria "Nessun Dorma," which has been taken to new heights by HAUSER's cello
"It's simple," says HAUSER when asked to describe Classic. "It's the most beautiful, the most romantic melodies ever written in classical music – by the greatest composers – played on the cello, the most beautiful and romantic instrument of all." HAUSER could hardly be blamed for calling each of the compositions on Classic "the most iconic" or "the most beautiful" or "the most romantic" melody in classical music. Because they are. Working alongside arranger Robin Smith and producer Nick Patrick, HAUSER has adopted these immortal compositions for the cello, letting them sing as never before with help from the London Symphony Orchestra.
From a young age, HAUSER had a strong admiration for classical music and remarkable potential. Learning to play the cello at the age of 8, he continued his exploration of the instrument and music through college. Upon graduation, HAUSER joined fellow cellist, Luka Šulić, to create 2CELLOS and ultimately take on worldwide fame.
HAUSER has been awarded some of the most prestigious national and international prizes. He has traveled the world for impressive performances, including for Prince Charles at Buckingham and St. James's Palaces, and alongside Sir Elton John on his global tour. He has released five successful albums, and sold out arenas around the world.
The 33-year-old has gained over 1 million followers on Instagram, with content surrounding his talent, accomplishments, and let's not overlook, his rugged good looks. As the perfect combination of classic and modern, HAUSER continues to take on the world of classical music.
According to HAUSER himself, his new album, Classic, is all about beauty and romance, portrayed through timeless classical melodies and "the most beautiful and romantic instrument of all." To give you a greater feel for the classic quality of the album, the top track happens to be "Swan Lake," one of the most iconic pieces from Tchaikovsky. The work, known for its magical, yet tragic love story, sets the tone for the album. HAUSER worked with arranger Robin Smith, producer Nick Patrick, and the London Symphony Orchestra to bring this highly anticipated album together.
You'll be humming and swaying in your seat!
READ THE FULL CLASSICAL POST REVIEW