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Ahead of England-Croatia World Cup semi-final, Classical-Music.com lists the 11 best Croatian musicians

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Just in case you weren't aware, England are playing today in the semi-final of the Fifa World Cup. It's an occasion that we at BBC Music Magazine are as keen to celebrate as much as anyone. However, before we all join together in yet another chorus of 'Football's coming home', let's not forget that there will be two sides competing this evening. In due deference to our Croatian friends, we have compiled our First XI of classical musicians from the beautiful Balkan country…, here's our run-down. 

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A TV singing sensation at age six in Zagreb, the young countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic (b1976) went on to join the famous Vienna Boys Choir. He then pursued a career as a male soprano, and after taking a break from singing and retraining he made his debut as a countertenor in 2001. He's since made recordings with Virgin Classics and Decca.

One half of 2Cellos, Stjepan Hauser was born in Pula in 1986. The cello duo's 2011 cover of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal was viewed millions of times, turning them into a YouTube sensation. He was also a member of the award-winning Greenwich Trio (once described as the 'New Beaux Arts Trio', and in recent years has regularly toured with Elton John.

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