My 11 year-old daughter just started playing cello. 'Playing cello' might be a more accurate description. Fortunately for us, bad cello isn't nearly as grating as, say, bad oboe (which is what my sister played for several years during my youth - it's like listening to a duck being strangled).
Good cello, though, is remarkable. We've highlighted Yo Yo Ma (and Little Buck) here before. In the hands of a virtuoso, it's a haunting, deep, instrument, capable of filling big spaces.
A musician friend of mine, when he heard of my daughter's newfound interest, turned me on to the work of a pair of Croatians. Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are better known as 2CELLOS, because they play...two cellos.
They do more than that, really. I mean, technically, they don't, but it's the way they play their two cellos that makes them stand out.
For example, you don't see that many cello ensembles cover AC/DC:
Or Guns N' Roses:
Two wild and crazy Croat brothers, rocking out with their cellos. My daughters got role models.