2Cellos – you have to check these guys out!

By Tim Topham | Performance

Dec 12

Before Elton John came on stage last week, we were treated to a very special introduction by Croatian duo “2Cellos”. These guys have been making a name for themselves on YouTube for a while and were somehow picked up by Elton to form part of his amazing band.

I’m not going to explain much about them except to highly recommend you have a look at them on YouTube! Everything you hear, is just the two cellos, often with a variety of effects pedals. Amazing!

This was their opening at Elton John:





And this was simply breathtaking:



I’d highly recommend considering getting their album, oh and check out their website too. Unfortunately, as Elton said, they have been labelled by Sony as “classical” (of course) even though they’re much more about pop than anything… mind you, it is hard to define really, isn’t it?

So when is someone going to add effects and electronics to the humble acoustic piano and play stuff like this…and is there a market for it?


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Best-known for his blogging and teaching, Tim is also a well-respected presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne, Australia. You can check him out on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  • elissamilne

    Oh my goodness – we were probably at the same concert!! 2Cellos were great, and I loved the way Elton John really promoted them and involved them throughout his gig too. But most interesting to me was Elton John’s comment “You’ll find their CD in the classical section – which is ridiculous – it’s not classical music, but try telling that to the record shop….”

    My violinist sister was part of a band for about 6 years, and used a fantastic range of devices with her violin. What makes string instruments a natural combination with guitar effects is that they are designed to be used with a sound source where the pickup is at/near the bridge – so the transition from guitar to violin or cello doesn’t involve any major re-engineering of the technology. Because the piano has the strings spread over such a wide geographical distance I think you’d be looking at using maybe 6 pickups to be able to produce a similar result, and then you’d have potential feedback issues. But I’m no sound engineer… And/but I love the idea of playing a concert grand and throwing a guitarist’s effects at the sound!!

    • Hi Elissa – yeah I was also interested in that comment by Elton. He said exactly the same thing to us. Amazing that record labels still have trouble getting with the times. Re electrifying the acoustic piano, one of my colleagues at work wondered why on earth you’d bother when that’s more or less what an electric piano is! After thinking it through, I had to agree…