Croatia’s most famous music export, Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić, better known as 2Cellos appeared on the cover of the New York Times on May 25, 2016. In an article entitled Classical Crossover for the Win, they spoke to journalist Gianne Brownell Mitić after their sold out concert in Budapest.
The journalist was overwhelmed by the audience’s response to classically trained Croatian cellists:
That two classical musicians could get a Hungarian crowd out and screaming on a wet autumn night is a testament not only to 2Cellos — who count Elton John, Quincy Jones and members of Iron Maiden as their fans — but also to the growing popularity of instrumental classical crossover. Thanks to social media and easily accessible music download sites like Spotify and Apple Music, musicians like the Piano Guys from the United States, Apocalyptica of Finland, the Australian/British violin quartet Bond, and Maksim Mrvica, a Croatian pianist, have found fans across the globe interested in listening to instruments usually reserved for symphony halls.
It's all happening for cellists this year pic.twitter.com/PHNCpv2cd4
— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) May 25, 2016