Lola Astanova, born 3 July 1985 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan is an American pianist, noted for her interpretations of compositions by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff, visual performance, and piano transcriptions. Stjepan Hauser, born 15 June 1986 is a Croatian cellist and has performed in more than 40 countries across all the continents. Stjepan has collected a total of 21 first prizes among national and international competitions.
Born in the former USSR, present-day Uzbekistan, at the age of six Astanova entered the V. Uspensky Specialized School of Music for Gifted Children, an elite school in Tashkent, where she was born, grew up, and where she started studying piano under Professor Tamara Popovich. She frequently visited Moscow, studying at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory for lessons with Professor Lev Naumov.