Luka Šulić

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Luka Šulić
Luka Sulic 2011.jpg
Luka Šulić in 2011
Born (1987-08-25) August 25, 1987 (age 27)
Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Occupation Cellist

Luka Šulić (Croatian pronunciation: [lǔːka ʃǔːlitɕ]; born 25 August 1987) is a Croatian - Slovenian cellist.[1][2][3] He is a member of 2Cellos, along with Stjepan Hauser.

Early life[edit]

Šulić was born in Maribor, Slovenia. Šulić's father, Božo, is from Dubrovnik, Croatia, and his mother, Alja, is from Izola, Slovenia.[1] His father is also a cellist, and many members of his family are associated with music.[4]


Luka Šulić performs throughout the world combining solo classical performances and with the 2CELLOS.[5] He won series of top prizes at the prestigious international music competitions including first and special prize at the VII Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw (2009)[6][7] , first prize at the European Broadcasting Union “New Talent” Competition (2006)[8] and first prize at the Royal Academy of Music Patron’s Award in Wigmore Hall (2011).[9]

He has given a number of solo and chamber music appearances in Europe, South America and Japan in major venues such as Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus.[9][10][11] As a soloist he appeared with orchestras such as Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Russian Symphony Orchestra and others.[6][12][13]

Šulić began his musical education in Maribor when he was five years old. When he was fifteen, he became one of the youngest students ever to enter the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Professor Valter Dešpalj where he graduated aged only 18.[14] He continued his education in Vienna with Professor Reinhard Latzko.[15] Šulić finished his Master Degree with Mats Lidstrom at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2011.[16]

His mainstream success started when he decided to join forces with his friend and a former cello rival Stjepan Hauser.[citation needed] In January 2011, they uploaded a cello version of “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson onto YouTube. Within just a few weeks, their video went viral, receiving over 7 million views.[17][18][19] This led to a record deal with SONY MASTERWORKS and an invitation to join Elton John on his worldwide tour.[20][21]

Luka and Stjepan’s success reaches beyond YouTube, and their fanbase continues to grow around the world.[21]

The duo has appeared on National TV shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (twice in 6 months) and Stefan Raab’s TV total in Germany.[22][23][24][25]

On January 31 they appeared as the special musical guests on Fox’s hit TV series GLEE where they performed “Smooth Criminal” in the Michael Jackson tribute episode. This was the first time that an instrumental duo had performed on the show in this coveted guest spot.[26] The 2CELLOS’ arrangement of the song, which featured actors Grant Gustin and Naya Rivera, sold incredibly well debuting at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Digital Songs Chart and landing the 2CELLOS album in the Top 100.[27]


  1. ^ a b "Luka Šulić i Stjepan Hauser: Dečki od milijun dolara". (in Croatian) (Gloria). 
  2. ^ "Violončelist Luka Šulič, zvezda na youtube". (in Slovenian) (Delo). 
  3. ^ "Prize Winners » Luka Šulić". (European Union of Music Competitions for Youth). 
  4. ^ "Luka Šulić virtuoz na violončelu; Pozdrav mojim Pilarima". (in Croatian) (Dubrovački vjesnik). 
  5. ^ "2Cellos join Elton John for Harrogate concert". Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Luka Sulic Croatian cellist wins the first prize in Warszaw, Poland 2009". Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hrvatskom violončelistu 1. nagrada u Varšavi". (in Croatian) (Slobodna Dalmacija). 
  8. ^ "New Talent - History of Prize Winners". Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
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  12. ^ "On the Spring Board - Press Review of the EuroRadio Youth Concert". 
  13. ^ "Mladi violočelist Luka Šulić uz Australski komorni orkestar". (in Croatian). 
  14. ^ "Koncert: LUKA ŠULIĆ (1987) – violončelo". (in Croatian) (Matica hrvatska). 
  15. ^ "Mariborski čelist bo z Eltonom Johnom nastopil tudi v Izoli". Radiotelevizija Slovenija (in Slovenian) (MMC RTV Slovenija). 9 May 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
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  17. ^ "VIDEO: Stjepan i Luka postali hit na YouTube u samo dva dana. I Hollywood je poludio za njima". (in Croatian) (Jutarnji list). 
  18. ^ "Hrvatski čelisti hit na YouTubeu". (in Croatian) (Jutarnji list). 
  19. ^ ""Smooth criminal" na violončelu hit na YouTubeu". (in Croatian) (Novi list). 
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  27. ^ ""Smooth Criminal" Single Featuring 2CELLOS and GLEE's Grant Gustin and Naya Rivera Debuts At #10 on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart". Retrieved 21 April 2013. 

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