Stjepan Hauser was born in Pula, Croatia, on June 15th, 1986. His parents are Mario and Marija Hauser. He has an older half brother, Arsen, and half sister, Nuša, and an older (by 14 months) brother, Miron.
Both of the younger boys had an affinity for music from early childhood. In one interview, Stjepan commented that his mother would put him to sleep with Mozart’s music, while his father would put Miron to sleep with Paco de Lucia’s music (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paco_de_Luc%C3%ADa). There was the suggestion that the boys needed music to lull them to sleep because they were (perhaps) high energy children. He also said, in the same interview, that Nuša did not need music to go to sleep because she was an obedient child.
Stjepan’s parents describe him as an introverted youngster, quiet and withdrawn, who started talking later than many (and now makes up for it regularly). He has been described, as a child, as being witty and entertaining, but very much living in his own world.
In interviews, he has said that as a very young child, he heard the cello being played on the radio (La cygne - the Swan - by Saint-Saens) and was immediately taken by it –“the moment I heard it, I felt warmth around my heart” and knew it was the instrument he wanted to play.