Stjepan Hauser

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Stjepan Hauser
Stjepan Hauser in 2017
Stjepan Hauser in 2017
Background information
Born (1986-06-15) 15 June 1986 (age 35)
Pula, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
Genres
InstrumentsCello
Associated acts
Websitewww.hauserofficial.com

Stjepan Hauser (Croatian pronunciation: [stjêpaːn xǎuser]; born 15 June 1986) is a Croatian cellist. He is a member of 2CELLOS, along with Luka Šulić.

Early life and musical training[edit]

Hauser was born in Pula, Croatia, into a musical family, where he began his musical education.[1] His mother plays percussion. His sister is a journalist in Pula.

Hauser finished secondary school in Rijeka. He studied in Zagreb but completed his undergraduate studies with Natalia Pavlutskaya at Trinity College of Music (now Trinity Laban) London. He completed his postgraduate studies with Ralph Kirshbaum as a Dorothy Stone Scholar at RNCM in Manchester and with Bernard Greenhouse in USA.[2]

Career[edit]

Hauser has performed in more than 40 countries including debuts in Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Southbank Centre and many more.[3][4]

In October 2006, Hauser was chosen to perform at the gala at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence for the late Mstislav Rostropovich.[5][6] Following this appearance, Stjepan has been invited to perform in numerous festivals in Europe. At the International Holland Music Sessions 2009, he was chosen to participate in the "New Masters on Tour" concert series, presenting young artists in prestigious concert venues all over the continent.[7]

In December 2007, Hauser played the Kol Nidre with the Metropolitan Sinfonia at a Gala Tribute Concert dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich.[8] Subsequently, Hauser went on to perform and record as a solo artist including his recording of British composer Christopher Ball's First Concerto for Cello, written by the composer specifically for him. The album, Christopher Ball: Music for Cello, was recorded at the first live performance of the concerto in 2010, and features former Greenwich Trio member, Yoko Misumi, on piano.

On 11 June 2009, Hauser launched his channel on YouTube, which had since reached over 475 million views by June 2021.[9] In January 2011, Hauser, along with friend and fellow cellist Luka Šulić, performed a cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" which was played solely on cello. In just a few days, the music video became a YouTube sensation.[10][11][12]

The album Hauser Classic was released on 7 February 2020, in which he plays alongside the London Symphony Orchestra. The album was produced by Nick Patrick.[13]

During the COVID-19 quarantine, unable to tour in support of his solo album, Hauser released three performances via live streaming. The first, Hauser: Alone Together, released on 27 April 2020 was performed at the Arena Pula, in Stjepan's hometown of Pula, Croatia, on the Istrian peninsula. The second, also titled Hauser: Alone Together, was performed at Krka National Park, at the Krka Waterfalls in central Croatia. The second video was released on 15 June 2020, to celebrate the artist's 34th birthday. The third, again titled Hauser: Alone Together, was recorded at Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik, Croatia, recognisable to many fans from the HBO series, Game Of Thrones. A special 2 disc edition of Hauser Classic is scheduled for October 2020 release. It includes a DVD of the three Hauser: Alone Together videos.

The album Hauser plays Morricone premiered on YouTube on 27 October 2020.[14]

Collaborations[edit]

Hauser has worked with cellists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernard Greenhouse, Heinrich Schiff, Frans Helmerson, Arto Noras, Ralph Kirshbaum, Valter Despalj, Philippe Muller, Thomas Demenga, Young-Chang Cho, Reinhard Latzko, Karine Georgian, Roel Dieltiens, and Alexander Ivashkin, to mention a few.

In early 2011, Hauser recorded an album with fellow Croatian Damir Urban. The album, the self-titled Urban and Hauser, was released in the summer of 2011. Also in the spring of 2011, he recorded an album with Croatian pop star Oliver Dragojević. The album, Noć nek' tiho svira, was released in October 2011. Also in 2011, they performed together in Pula. That fall, along with fellow 2CELLOS member Luka Šulić, he began touring as a member of the Elton John band. Since then, he has performed with the band hundreds of times, on tour all around the world, and in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the Million Dollar Piano concert performance at the Coliseum at Caesar's Palace. In November 2011, he released another classical album: Brahms, Beethoven & Bruch for Clarinet, Cello & Piano, again with Ms. Misumi, and clarinettist Leslie Craven.

In 2018 and 2019, Hauser released a series of videos with Uzbek-American pianist Lola Astanova on social media.

Greenwich Trio[edit]

Together with the Slovenian violinist Lana Trotovsek and Japanese pianist Yoko Misumi, Hauser was a member of the renowned Greenwich Trio described by legendary cellist Bernard Greenhouse as the "New Beaux Arts Trio".[15] The Trio won a series of first prizes in the international chamber music competitions in the UK, Belgium and Italy. The Greenwich Trio had masterclasses with Amadeus Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet, Guarneri Quartet, Beaux Arts Trio, Trio Fontenay, Menahem Pressler, Bernard Greenhouse, Ivry Gitlis, Stephen Kovacevich, Ralf Gothoni, Niklas Schmidt, Arnold Steinhardt, Valentin Erben, and Eberhard Feltz. They performed in some of the most prestigious European international music festivals. In March 2008, they performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto with conductor Barry Wordsworth and in September the same year they played in the sold out opening festival at King's Place, London.

2CELLOS[edit]

Under the name 2CELLOS, Hauser and Šulić recorded an album with Sony Music Entertainment, which was released in July 2011.[16]

In January 2012, 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.[17] 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 their debut album in the Top 100.[18]

In late 2012 and early 2013, a second 2CELLOS album, In2ition, was released.

After the release of the second album, Hauser spent several years touring, either as a member of 2CELLOS or with Elton John. A third album was released in early 2015 called Celloverse, just prior to a 38-city US tour.

From 2014 through 2016, Hauser performed with Oliver Dragojević on at least 5 occasions, including the 2014 Split Festival, with Luka Šulić appearing briefly to join them, in free concerts in Rakalj and on Korčula, also in 2014, and as a guest at the 2CELLOS 5th anniversary free concert in Tomislav Square in Zagreb in 2016. His final performance in Las Vegas with Elton John was in October 2015.

2CELLOS fourth album, Score, a collection of movie music, was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and released in 2017. The first live performance was held in December 2016, at the Sydney (Australia) Opera House and is available on DVD. 2CELLOS fifth album, Let There Be Cello, was released in 2018.

After the 2019 2CELLOS US tour, the duo took a one year break, to work on solo classical albums for Sony Music and to tour individually.

Awards and Achievements[edit]

Hauser is laureate of international competitions and awards such as the PLG Young Artists Auditions 2009, the J & A Beare Solo Bach Competition 2009, NYOS Staffa Award 2009, the Philharmonia Orchestra – Martin Musical Scholarship Fund 2009 and 2008, the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition 2009 and 2007, the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition 2008 and 2006, the Computers in Personnel International Concerto Competition 2008, the Frankopan Fund Award 2006, and the MBF Music Education Award 2006 and 2005. He has also won international cello competitions and awards such as the Adam International Cello Festival and Competition in New Zealand 2009, and the VTB Capital Prize for Young Cellists 2009. Altogether, Stjepan collected a total of 21 first prizes at national and international competitions and, as a consequence, he was invited to perform twice on Gala concerts for HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace.

In May 2012, Hauser won four Porin awards, two with Luka Šulić (2Cellos), and the other two for his collaboration with Damir Urban on their album Urban & Hauser.[19]

Hauser subsequently won an additional Porin award, for Best Video Release, along with Luka Šulić (2CELLOS) and Dušan Kranjc (drummer) for their Arena Zagreb DVD.

Discography[edit]

As Hauser
Year Album Title Label
2010 Song To The Moon Self Released / Hauser Classics
2011 Urban & Hauser Aquarius Records
2011 Christopher Ball: Music for Cello Musical Concepts
2011 None Rota Centenary Album Musical Concepts
2011 Brahms, Beethoven & Bruch for Clarinet, Cello & Piano Musical Concepts
2012 Noć Nek' Tiho Svira Aquarius Records
2020 Classic (with the London Symphony Orchestra) Sony Masterworks
2020 Plays Morricone (with the Prague Symphony Orchestra) Sony Masterworks
As 2CELLOS
Year Album Title Label
2011 2Cellos Sony Masterworks
2013 In2ition Sony Masterworks
2015 Celloverse Sony Masterworks
2017 Score (with the London Symphony Orchestra) Sony Masterworks
2018 Let There Be Cello Sony Masterworks

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Hauser". Hauser official website.
  2. ^ Nina Ožegović (21 December 2012). "Stjepan Hauser - hrvatski virtuoz na dvoru britanske kraljice" [Stjepan Hauser - Croatian virtuoso at the court of the British Queen] (in Croatian). Nacional. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  3. ^ "2CELLOS at Royal Albert Hall". After Dark. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Hauser Gigography". Songkick. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Stjepan Hauser, Biography". Instant Encore.
  6. ^ "Stjepan Hauser performed for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace".
  7. ^ "Stjepan Hauser, Biography". Instant Encore. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Stjepan Hauser, Biography". Instant Encore. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  9. ^ Stjepan Hauser's channel on YouTube
  10. ^ "VIDEO: Stjepan i Luka postali hit na YouTube u samo dva dana. I Hollywood je poludio za njima". www.jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). Jutarnji list.
  11. ^ "Hrvatski čelisti hit na YouTubeu". www.jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. Archived from the original on 2011-05-04.
  12. ^ ""Smooth criminal" na violončelu hit na YouTubeu" (in Croatian). Novi list. Archived from the original on 2011-01-25.
  13. ^ "Nick Patrick credits". Nick Patrick Productions.
  14. ^ "HAUSER plays Morricone: Oct 27th". YouTube.
  15. ^ "Stjepan Hauser performed for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on". Croatia.org. 23 April 2008.
  16. ^ D'Andrea, Niki (6 June 2011). ""Welcome to the Jungle," As Performed by 2Cellos". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  17. ^ "2Cellos score a hit from Glee". noise11.com.
  18. ^ ""Smooth Criminal" Single Featuring 2CELLOS and GLEE's Grant Gustin and Naya Rivera Debuts At #10 on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  19. ^ "2Cellos primili osvojene Porine" (in Croatian). dulist.hr. 30 May 2012.[permanent dead link]

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