From the Top

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

Christopher O'Riley speaks with three leading teachers of Chicago's teenager chamber music scene.

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348 Show 348 | Highwood IL Aug. 6, 2018
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.
337 Show 337 | York PA July 30, 2018
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 ...
Host Christopher O'Riley coaches 14-year-old violinist, Sena Cho in a rehearsal of the first movement of the Grieg Violin Sonata.
336 Show 336 | Longview TX July 23, 2018
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 ...
335 Show 335 | Danville KY July 16, 2018
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 ...
339 Show 339 Bonus Content July 9, 2018
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."
339 Show 339 | Miami FL July 9, 2018
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 ...
16-year-old pianist, CoCo Ma reads segments of her YA novel to host Christopher O'Riley and performs the music of Ginastera.
338 Show 338 | New York NY July 2, 2018
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 ...
Host Christopher O'Riley and teenage cellist Gabriel Martins discuss deep listening, Beethoven and Bach.
347 Show 347 | McLean VA June 25, 2018
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 ...
Featuring violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang with bassist Ranaan Meyer, trio "Time for Three" performs their original tune titled "Joy."
346 Show 346 | Boston MA June 18, 2018
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 ...
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.
355 Show 355 | New York NY June 11, 2018
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 ...
Christopher O'Riley coaches 17-year-old violinist Oliver Leitner
345 Show 345 | Reno NV June 4, 2018
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 ...
Christopher O'Riley interviews teenage composer Alistair Coleman about his piece "Images from Falling Water."
353 Show 353 | San Francisco CA May 28, 2018
From the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, this week's episode of From the Top features a teenage composer's beautiful piece that was inspired by Andrew Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece Fallingwater, a young violinist shares how she hasn't missed a single day of practicing yet, and a classical guitarist performs Bach.