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NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.
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Stravinsky & Iran

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 5:30pm
Host Christopher O'Riley talks with teenage pianist Amir Siraj about Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Amir's Iranian heritage.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 334 | Boston MA

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 5:00pm
From Boston, Massachusetts, this week's program features a brilliant 12-year-old cellist from Hackensack, New Jersey performing a sonata by Shostakovich, we enjoy a beautifully detailed performance of a Sibelius Mazurka by a young violinist ... and we meet a teenager from Massachusetts, who, in addition to being an outstanding pianist, has also received serious recognition for his work in environmental science.
Categories: Syndicated

Why does Chicago produce such amazing teenage chamber music_

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 5:30pm
Christopher O'Riley speaks with three leading teachers of Chicago's teenager chamber music scene.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 348 | Highwood IL

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 5:00pm
From the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood, Illinois, this week's From the Top features a line-up of all Chicago-area young musicians, including a fantastic teenage piano trio playing Cassado and seven members of the Percussion Scholarship Group of Chicago.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 337 | York PA

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 5:00pm
From York, Pennsylvania, this week's From the Top features outstanding young musicians soloing with the York Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Lawrence Golan. We'll enjoy a 17-year-old's performance of one of Schumann's most beautiful works for cello, a teenager that switched his focus from soccer to clarinet thanks to a life-changing concert experience, and a young violinist tackles Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the York Symphony Orchestra.
Categories: Syndicated

Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 5:30pm
Host Christopher O'Riley coaches 14-year-old violinist, Sena Cho in a rehearsal of the first movement of the Grieg Violin Sonata.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 336 | Longview TX

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 5:00pm
From Longview, Texas this week's program features a 12-year-old pianist from East Texas performing the music of Paderewski, a heartfelt performance of Faure's "Elegy" performed by a teenager from the Chicago area and we'll hear a moving from the young flutist on the program who's rancher grandfather sold much of his herd of cattle to support her musical studies.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 335 | Danville KY

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 5:00pm
From Danville, Kentucky, this week's From the Top features a 10-year-old violinist performing the music of Edward Elgar — she also shares some colorful stories of growing up in Kentucky with her 6 siblings. Also on the program, a beautifully detailed classical guitar performance by a young man from South Carolina and Chopin performed by a talented teenager from Massachusetts.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 339 Bonus Content

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 5:30pm
18-year-old pianist and composer, Andrew Guo and host Christopher O'Riley discuss the compositional assignment that inspired his piece "7 Images for Piano."
Categories: Syndicated

Show 339 | Miami FL

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 5:00pm
This week's From the Top comes from Miami, Florida where we got to hear a talented local teenager perform the music of Schumann and enjoy his stories of growing up in the Cuban community of Miami. Also featured on the show is an eleven-year-old pianist who performs two works by Chopin, and a violinist performs the beautiful and dramatic second movement from César Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano.
Categories: Syndicated

A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 5:30pm
16-year-old pianist, CoCo Ma reads segments of her YA novel to host Christopher O'Riley and performs the music of Ginastera.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 338 | New York NY

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 5:00pm
This week's From the Top from Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Room will feature, for only the second time in From the Top's history, a teenage counter-tenor. He performs two beautiful art songs with his teenage guitar-playing collaborator. Also on the program, a piece by a young composer is given its radio premiere by a quintet of From the Top alums, and a 16-year-old pianist who could give Yuja wang a run for her money performs a fiery piece by Alberto Ginastera.
Categories: Syndicated

Listening to every single piece by Beethoven

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 5:30pm
Host Christopher O'Riley and teenage cellist Gabriel Martins discuss deep listening, Beethoven and Bach.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 347 | McLean VA

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 5:00pm
From McLean, Virginia, this week's program features a wild performance by 14-year-old violist who tackles a piece written by Hindemith with the extraordinary tempo marking of 600-640 beats per minute... a tender performance of the song "Pure Imagination" from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory performed on the marimba ... and we'll hear how studying music helped one young musician grow up and cope with Tourette's Syndrome.
Categories: Syndicated

The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 5:30pm
Featuring violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang with bassist Ranaan Meyer, trio "Time for Three" performs their original tune titled "Joy."
Categories: Syndicated

Show 346 | Boston MA

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 5:00pm
From our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, this show features internationally renowned special guests Time for Three alongside extraordinary young musicians from Boston and beyond! We enjoy a movement of Beethoven's Piano Trio in E-flat major performed by 3 musicians under the age of 13, a teenage cellist opens up about how performing Schumann has helped her express herself, and Time for Three joins for a hauntingly beautiful sextet before ending the program with their rousing arrangement of "Bittersweet Symphony" by the band, The Verve.
Categories: Syndicated

Living with mental illness as a teen while pursuing great achievement in music

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 5:30pm
Host Christopher O'Riley and 17-year-old flutist Alison Addie discuss her recovery from jaw surgery, living with mental illness and the music of Robert Muczynski.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 355 | New York NY

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 5:00pm
From Carnegie Hall's beautiful Weill Music Room in New York City, this week's From the Top brings together a line up of fantastic young musicians from across the nation and beyond. We hear an 11-year-old violinist from New York stunningly perform Hubay's Carmen Fantasie Brillante, we meet a pianist from Los Angeles who views performing as a form of service, and a teenage bassoonist from Venezuela, now studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, dazzles the audience with his mature musicality and virtuosity.
Categories: Syndicated

Dynamics and Being Musically Conscious, a rehearsal Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 5:30pm
Christopher O'Riley coaches 17-year-old violinist Oliver Leitner
Categories: Syndicated

Show 345 | Reno NV

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 5:00pm
From the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno, Nevada, this week's From the Top features a local 18-year-old violinist who's had an asteroid named after him, a young pianist thrills the audience with a piece by Ginastera, and the winners of the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition performs Bartok.
Categories: Syndicated