Stjepan Hauser reunited with his friend Luka Šulić in London in 2010 when Luka began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music. They cooked up the idea for a video, recorded it in December and January and posted their creation on YouTube. As you all know, it was the video of their version of Michael Jackson's “Smooth Criminal” and it went viral. What happened after that everyone already knows. But do you know who Stjepan Hauser worked with before that video? Check out below a brief description of Hauser's work before 2CELLOS.
The Greenwich Trio (2006 – 2010)
The Greenwich Trio, described by legendary Beaux Arts Trio cellist Bernard Greenhouse as the new “Beaux Arts Trio”, consisted of Japanese pianist Yoko Misumi (Beethoven Society of Europe Top Prize-winner); Slovenian violinist Lana Trotovšek (a talent unveiled by Ruggiero Ricciïs at Salzburgs Mozarteum); and Croatian cellist Stjepan Hauser (one of the last students of Rostropovich and winner of 21 first prizes all over the world). These three phenomenal talents joined forces in August 2006. Since the very start, their energetic and passionate, yet refined, chamber music making gained the approval of audiences and critics. The trio won both the first and the special prizes of the International Chamber Music Competition in Candelo, Italy in2007. They also achieved the first and the audience prizes of the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition, and the first prize in the Trinity Laban Chamber Music Competition. These successes led to a series of concerts that took international audiences by storm. The Greenwich Trio were encouraged and coached by many many well know musicians, from Bernard Greenhouse and Stephen Kovacevich, to Deniz Gelenbe, Martino Tirimo and Rivka Golani, as well as participating in master classes from Bernard Greenhouse (Beaux Arts Trio), Ivry Gitlis, Klaus Maetzl (Alban Berg Quartet), Wihan Quartet, The Schubert Ensemble, The Rosamunde Trio, The Arman Trio and William Aide. Highlights from the year 2008 include a concert in St. Martin-in-the-Fields and a performance of the Triple Concerto with conductor Barry Wordsworth.
On November 23rd 2008 The Greenwich Trio won First Prize in the International Music Competition "Carlo Mosso" in Italy; earning 100 points out of 100 and thus becoming the absolute winner of the competition! The competition was followed by a winners concert.
The Greenwich Trio recorded several albums. Their first, Shostakovich Piano Trios, was released in 2010 and is available through Amazon.com. Their second album,Beethoven/Mendelssohn consisting of Beethoven's Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 2 in E Flat and Mendlessohn/Bartholdy's Piano Trio C Minor, Op. 66, although recorded while the Greenwich Trio was still working together, was apparently commercially released in 2012, shortly before the second 2CELLOS album was released.
A live recording album of their album "Shostakovich" was also released "Shostakovich Piano Trios Live."
Stjepan Hauser and Bruno Krajcar (2008)
In 2008, Stjepan and Croatian singer Elis Lovrić recorded the track “Pastirica” by Croatian composer Bruno Krajcar for the album Mate Balota. The album is available on Amazon.com and iTunes.
Stjepan Hauser and Marco Graziani (2009)
Marco Graziani was born in Rijeka, Croatia, in 1988, and began playing violin at the age of seven. He studied at the Music Academy of Zagreb, and participated as a soloist and member of various chamber groups in national and international competitions.
Hauser and Graziani released the album Strictly Live in 2009, and they performed in Croatia to promote it. the album is out of print.
Song to the Moon (2010)
In 2010, Stjepan Hauser released the album Song to the Moon, including the songs “Oblivion” and “Ave Maria” by A. Piazzolla, and “Gabriel’s Oboe (The Mission)” by E. Morriccone, arranged by Stjepan. It is available on Amazon.com and iTunes.
Stjepan Hauser and Yoko Misumi (2010 – 2010)
Born in Kyoto in a musical family, Yoko Misumi began studiying piano at an early age, showing her talent and musicianship. At age 14 she was already a prize-winner of Kyoto Piano Competition. After graduating from Kyoto Music High School, she moved to London to continue her studies with Nina Seredal (former student of Neuhaus) and Martino Tirimo (soloist).
Misumi has performed in Japan, New Zealand, USA and Europe as a chamber musician and accompanist. Currently she is a professional accompanist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Hauser and Misumi worked together on other projects beyond The Greenwich Trio. In 2010 they released the album Portrait, which Hauser dedicated to his parents Mario and Marija Hauser.
Lana Trotovšek, the other member of The Greenwich Trio, released solo albums and singles and worked together with Misumi on other albums:
Après un Rêve – 2013 Schubert – Brahms – Bloch – Gershwin – 2013 Arvo Pärt: Fratres – EP – 2014 Roma Cafolla: Inspirations (with Yoko Misumi and Leslie Craven) – 2015
In October 2014, Trotovšek was been an assistant teacher in the classes of Volodja Balzalorsky at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is now a violin Professor at her alma mater, Trinity Laban in London and maintains close ties to her home country where she performs regularly and is a visiting Professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. She plays a 1750 Pietro Antonio dalla Costa violin.
In 2010, Hauser and Misumi also worked with British composer Christopher Ball and also with clarinetist, Leslie Craven. Although they recorded extensively during this period, most of the recordings were not released until after Stjepan began working with Luka.
Stjepan Hauser and Christopher Ball (2010)
Ball composed 2 cello concertos for Stjepan. The first was recorded and is available on Amazon.com and through iTunes. The album, Christopher Ball: Music for Cello, was recorded with Christopher Ball (Composer, Conductor) and the Emerald Concert Orchestra at its 2010 world premiere, and is coupled with seven concert pieces for cello and piano performed by Hauser and Misumi (including four arrangements of folk song favorites). The second concerto Ball composed for Stjepan has never been publicly performed.
Christopher Ball is a British clarinetist, composer and conductor. Ball was a professor of clarinet and recorder at the Royal Academy of Music for forty one years and had parallel careers as a conductor with the BBC Philharmonic and other orchestras and as a composer, for both woodwind and string instruments. He is devoted to classical music, with the aim of creating music that reaches out and appeals to as wide an audience as possible.
Stjepan Hauser and Leslie Craven(2010)
Stjepan performed on the Nino Rota Centenary album with Misumi, and clarinetist Leslie Craven. Michael Pollock, pianist, also appears on the album performing several clarinet concertos with Craven.
Stjepan also recorded another album with Misumi and Craven: Brahms, Beethoven & Bruch for Clarinet, Cello & Piano
Both albums are available on Amazon.com and iTunes.
Leslie Craven is currently Principal clarinetist of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera a position he has held for over 2 decades, and has performed and recorded with London’s major orchestras and also for television, film and advertising.
He is recognised as one of the foremost teachers of clarinet not only in UK but worldwide.
Stjepan Hauser and Damir Urban (2011)
Damir Urban is a Croatian singer/songwritter/musician best known as frontman of Laufer & Urban & 4. He was born on 19 September 1968 in Rijeka, Croatia, where he founded his first band, La Bellona, as the bassist and main songwriter.
Hauser and Urban released "Urban & Hauser" (available on Amazon.com and iTunes) in 2011, mixing harmonious rock and classical music and also recorded the song "Astronaut" included in the album "HITOVI / Aquarius 14.0 / Iz Jednog Pogleda," a collection of recordings by various artists. This album is available on iTunes and also includes another recording featuring Stjepan, "Brod u Boci" with Oliver Dragojević.
Stjepan Hauser and Oliver Dragojević (2011 - current)
A Croatian, native of the town Vela Luka on the island of Korčula, Oliver Dragojević emerged on the music scene in the 1970s thanks to the very popular music festival in Split, Croatia. His specialty were songs influenced by Dalmatian (Croatian) folklore. His first domestic hit was "Picaferaj" in 1967. Many of his songs were written by legendary songwriter Zdenko Runjić. One of the most popular was “Nadalina” which also featured famous actor Boris Dvornik and the popular Dalmatian anthems "Galeb i ja" and "Skalinada".
Dragojević has maintained his popularity throughout the ensuing decades. In the 1990s, his songs became less influenced by domestic folk and more by global music trends. At that time, he was often referred as Croatia's oldest pop star.
Today, Dragojević is the most beloved Croatian singer and continues to delight audiencies worldwide with his wonderful voice and piano talent. He regularly tours internationally, including recent tours in the US, Canada and Australia.
Hauser is a devoted fan of Dragojević since early childhood; they recorded and released the album "Noć Nek' Tiho Svira" together in 2011 and have performed together in numerous concerts and special performances since then, including concerts in Pula in 2011, Split (Splitski Festival 2014), Dubrovnik and Rakalj in 2014 and on Korčula in 2015.
Hauser is also included on Dragojević' album Best Of (2012 Tour Edition), an album of live recent tour performances, with the song “Brod u Boci.”
The Greenwich Trio playing Shostakovich Piano Trio no.2 (4th mov Allegretto).
The song Pastirica by Bruno Krajcar featuring Elis Lovrić, and Stjepan Hauser.
Stjepan Hauser and Marco Graziani playing Z.Kodály - Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7.
Stjepan Hauser and Marco Graziani playing Passacaglia by Handel - Halvorsen.
Stjepan Hauser playing Song to the Moon (Rusalka).
The song Roundelay from the album Christopher Ball: Music for Cello.
Stjepan Hauser, Yoko Misumi and Leslie Craven.
Stjepan Hauser and Damir Urban: Black Tattoo.
Stjepan Hauser and Oliver Dragojević: Brod u Boci
Oliver Dragojević & Stjepan Hauser - "Live in Pula" full concert - 2011
Oliver Dragojević & Stjepan Hauser - "Split Festival" full concert - 2014
Compiled by Meire Cidade, 2CELLOSBrasil, Edited by Webmaster, everything2cellos.com