Muscat: Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, will be flown in to perform at the upcoming leadership forum, .Open Minds. The two-day event is to be held on September 3 and 4 at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel.
The two cellists will perform at the gala dinner, to be held in the Majan Ballroom, Al Bustan Hotel, on September 3.
A line-up of speakers from diverse backgrounds will appear at the forum, including entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson; award-winning author Lord Jeffrey Archer; entrepreneur and humanitarian HRH Basmah bint Saud Al Saud; mountaineer Tom Whittaker; entrepreneur Sahar Hashemi; 'Satellady' Candace Johnson; speed painter Brad Blaze; Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler and beat boxer Tom Thum. They will share their success stories at the Open Minds forum.
Author and journalist Bikram Vohra and well-known quizmaster Giri 'Pickbrain' Balasubramaniam will be the moderators for the forum. Muscat Press and Publishing House (MPPH) will present the event.
Black & White are the organisers of the event, while strategic partners are Bank Muscat, Nawras, AVOD (Areej Vegetable Oils and Derivatives), and the Ministry of Tourism.
The official airline is Oman Air, the official newspapers are Times of Oman and Al Shabiba, and official radio partners are Merge and Al Wisal.
Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, have achieved success by taking the cello to a new level while performing.
Their playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music, to pop and rock. 2CELLOS have no limits when it comes to performing live, playing Bach and Vivaldi, as well as rocking out with AC/DC.
2CELLOS rose to fame in 2011 when their version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" took the world by storm.
The YouTube video became a viral sensation, leading to a record contract with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on his worldwide tour.
Aside from their popular online following, where they continue to perform new YouTube hits, 2CELLOS main focus has been performing live. In addition to many sold out solo tours in the US, Japan and Europe, the duo has also appeared on major US television shows, such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lopez Tonight, TV Total with Stefan Raab, ABC's The Bachelor and others.
2CELLOS was also the first instrumental act to perform on the popular TV series GLEE, where they appeared as special guests in the Michael Jackson tribute episode, performing "Smooth Criminal".
The 2CELLOS' arrangement of the song, which featured Naya Rivera, debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Digital Songs Chart and landed the 2CELLOS' debut album in the Top 100.
Along with the Chinese classical superstar pianist Lang Lang, they appeared at the CCTV New Year's Gala, seen by more than 1 billion viewers.
Performing with Elton John on his tour, they travelled around the globe several times playing with him and opening shows in stadiums and appearing at prestigious venues, such as Madison Square Garden, Paris Olympia, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and the Emmys in L.A.
Luka and Stjepan's success extends far beyond YouTube, and their fan base continues to grow throughout the world. In addition to touring with Elton John, 2CELLOS collaborated with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age and George Michael.
They have also collaborated on various projects with award winning producers T-Bone Burnett and Humberto Gatica, as well as legendary film composer James Newton Howard.
Sulic and Hauser have played the cello since childhood. Sulic graduated from the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, and Hauser from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, both in 2011.
They have appeared in major classical music venues throughout the world, including Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Center, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus.
2CELLOS released their second album, IN2ITION, in January 2013. The album was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin and features an eclectic group of vocal and instrumental guests, including Elton John, Steve Vai, Lang Lang, Naya Rivera and Zucherro.