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This story details the paths of two fantastic musicians, Lola Astanova and Stjepan Hauser, and how they intertwine together to create a beautiful fusion. Lola Astanova is a Russian-American pianist, who started touring around Europe as a young child. Her performances alternated between a solo act, as well as playing in orchestras.
Astanova posts copious videos on her Instagram of her playing the piano and engages with her 1M followers. She plays songs from an enormous range of genres, from Chopin ballads to Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s ‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’ to Amy Winehouse, Astanova showcases her versatility and widespread talent.
She is often dressed in beautiful cocktail dresses and high heels, and even with those, she manages to never miss a note! She has even dressed up wearing costumes imitating Barbie and Jessica Rabbit and immerses herself into the personality and mannerisms of each character, whilst still immaculately playing the piano.
Stjepan Hauser is one half of Croatian duo 2Cellos alongside Luka Šulić. Despite having a small break in between, 2Cellos reunited in 2021 to celebrate their 10th anniversary since forming.
His varied music taste and song choices are also featured on Hauser’s Instagram. Hauser shares videos for his magnificent audience of 2.9M. The videos consist of Hauser playing the cello, solo, as well as promoting his duo, 2Cellos. From George Michael to Ed Sheeran, Hauser continues to explore a wide range of music.
The majority of Hauser’s videos are performed in grand buildings with breathtaking architecture and scenery beyond. Hauser has done many collaborations with Lola Astanova.
Back in 2019, Astanova and Hauser performed Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata together. In their true authentic fashion, Astanova is wearing a black, sparkly dress and black stilettos. They both share the piano stool. While Astanova lens forward to play the piano, Hauser sits on the edge, facing towards the camera. She begins the first few notes and shortly after, Hauser accompanies her with the cello.