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From the Top, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.

From the Top, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.
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Boston, MA

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NPR

WGBH

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From the Top, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.

Language:

English

Contact:

295 Huntington Ave. Suite 201 Boston, MA 02115 617-437-0707


Episodes

Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber perform original tune with teenagers

11/11/2019
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Violinist Tessa Lark and bassist / composer Michael Thurber perform their original piece, "Cedar and Sage" with the teenage Kalico String Quartet from the New York Area; Cheng-Io Lo and Leena Marie Stoger, violins, Kevin Wallace, viola, and his twin brother, Andrew Wallace, cello.

Duration:00:06:09

Violinist Tessa Lark and Bassist Michael Thurber Co-Host From the Top

11/4/2019
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The Multi-Style/Multi-Tradition Duo Tessa Lark, violin, and Michael Thurber, bass host From the Top Show 376 in Boston Massachusetts. They perform Bach with a young cellist and one of their own compositions with a teenage string quartet.

Duration:01:02:40

Pianist Jeremy Denk Performs Mozart

10/30/2019
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Guest host, pianist Jeremy Denk performs the second movement of Sonata No. 16 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Duration:00:04:44

Show 375 feat. guest host & cellist Paul Katz

10/21/2019
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From New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, this week's program features cellist and renowned music pedagogue, Paul Katz guest hosting a program featuring the outstanding students attending the Morningside Music Bridge

Duration:00:59:48

First Prize winner of the 2019 Cliburn Junior Piano Competition

10/16/2019
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From the Top guest host, Peter Dugan, interviews the First Prize winner of the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, Shuan Hern Lee. Shuan performs the first mvt of Rachmaninoffs 3rd Piano Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Duration:00:34:36

Show 374 from the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival

10/7/2019
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From the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival in Dallas, Texas, this docu-style From the Top features the 6 semi-finalist of the competition and the astounding first prize winner.

Duration:00:59:19

Show 373 / San Marcos, TX

9/16/2019
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Featuring concert pianist, Simone Dinnerstein as guest host, this program, recorded at the Texas State International Piano Festival, features outstanding young musicians showcasing the piano and the many ways its configured in classical music.

Duration:01:01:12

Pianist Jeremy Denk performs with three powerhouse FTT alums

9/12/2019
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Pianist Jeremy Denk performs the "Rondo alla Zingarase" from Brahm's first piano quartet with three powerhouse From the Top alums: violinist Robyn Bollinger, violist Matthew Lipman and cellist, Gabriel Cabezas.

Duration:00:09:11

From the Top Show 372 / Hanover, NH

9/2/2019
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From Hanover, New Hampshire, this episode guest hosted by pianist Jeremy Denk, features a young violist who's also the photographer for the University of Miami Football team,a cellist who's this year's junior winner of the Sphinx Competition for African American and Latino Musicians ... and a world premier concerto.

Duration:01:01:14

Pianist George Li performs "Carmen."

7/15/2019
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Alumni pianist, George Li performs Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Opera "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz.

Duration:00:04:39

"Loopy" – by violinist and guest host, Charles Yang

7/1/2019
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Charles Yang along with pianist Peter Dugan and 16-year-old guitarist Gwenyth Aggeler perform "Loopy" by Charles Yang.

Duration:00:07:06

Show 371 | LaJolla CA

6/17/2019
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From La Jolla, California, this week's From the Top features renowned violinist and social justice advocate VijayGupta as guest host. Along with co-host Michelle Cann, they'll introduce us to the incredible San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, a young cellist who shares how studying the cello has helped him stand up for what he believes in, and a pianist who was a prize winner in Russia's famous Tchaikovsky Competition.

Duration:01:06:30

Show 370 from Atlanta Feat. Lara Downes

6/3/2019
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From The Breman Museum in Atlanta, this week's From the Top is a special program celebrating Jewish contributions to classical music featuring concert pianist Lara Downes as our guest host. We'll hear a 14-year-old share what it's like to grow up in a Korean and Jewish household, a new piece by a Jewish-American teenage composer gets its broadcast debut, and a spectacular 18-year-old clarinetist performs a movement from Leonard Bernstein's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.

Duration:00:59:52

Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Valse Triste

5/27/2019
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Guest host Leila Josefowicz introduces and performs "Valse Triste" by Jean Sibelius, her break piece recorded during "From the Top Episode 369 with pianist Michelle Cann.

Duration:00:07:16

Show 369: Feat. Guest Host & Violinist Leila Josefowicz

5/20/2019
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From the famed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, this episode of From the Top is guest hosted by renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz with co-host Michelle Cann. We meet a teenage violinist who talks about the struggle of coping with very high expectations, a 14-year-old pianist flies over the keys while performing Chopin, and for the first time, both hosts of the program perform together with two young musicians for Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time."

Duration:01:00:01

Co-Host and Pianist Michelle Cann peforms the music of Florence Price

5/15/2019
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From our program recorded March 19th 2019, Interlochen Michigan, co-host and pianist Michelle Cann introduces and performs her break piece on the program, the Sonata in E Minor for Piano by Florence Price.

Duration:00:12:13

Show 368 Feat. Actor Damon Gupton from Interlochen, MI

5/6/2019
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From the Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts, this week's From the Top features a cast made up entirely by students of the renowned high school. Film and television actor Damon Gupton is our guest host and sets the stage for a young tubist who performs a virtuosic concerto backed by the full orchestra, a group of seven percussionists perform the aptly titled work "Shared Space", and a 17-year-old cellist passionately performs a beautiful work by Tchaikovsky.

Duration:01:03:40

Guest Host Peter Dugan Plays Bach

4/29/2019
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Pianist Peter Dugan performs the Sarabande from the French Suite no. 5 in G major J.S. Bach

Duration:00:05:10

Show 367 | Los Angeles CA

4/22/2019
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Recorded in the Hollywood Scoring Studio in Los Angeles, we meet a fantastic 15-year-old pianist who loves Disney so much she can name every ride just by listening to their soundtrack! We also meet a prize-winning string quartet who performs Mendelssohn's second string quartet and a teenage saxophone player from Texas plays a virtuosic work by a 20th-century composer.

Duration:00:59:46

EDM Producer Alex Seaver works with FTT kids

4/15/2019
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Member of the Electronic Dance Music group, MAKO, Alex Seaver speaks with guest host Peter Dugan and French Horn player, Zach Potts.

Duration:00:08:47