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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

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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

From the Top Alum, Conrad Tao

4/23/2018
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Chris and Conrad talk about Conrad's vibrant early career as a composer and pianist.

Duration:00:17:04

Show 342 | Santa Barbara CA

4/23/2018
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From Santa Barbara, California, this week's From the Top features fantastic musicians who are studying at the prestigious Music Academy of the West, which celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year. We'll hear a young pianist triumphantly perform one of Rachmaninoff's most complex pieces for the piano, a teenage violinist recounts a life-changing realization, and we feature a world-premiere of "Asymptotes", a newly commissioned work for clarinet, viola, and piano from composer and From the...

Duration:01:01:46

A brilliant teen guitarist who is a refugee from Iran shares his music & story.

4/16/2018
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Parsa Sabet Rasekhi talks with host Christopher O'Riley about his journey to America and then performs his own composition, "Snowflight."

Duration:00:15:49

Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

4/16/2018
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Recorded live in Las Vegas for the very first time, this week's episode of From the Top comes from the Smith Center and features an outstanding cast of young musicians from Nevada and beyond. A piano duo performs an electrifying piece for four-hands, a teenage guitarist shares his incredibly moving story about fleeing from his home country to study music in America, and a 13-year-old violinist wows the audience with two high-flying pieces.

Duration:01:04:49

Piano Geek Discussion 1

4/9/2018
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O'Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks.

Duration:00:19:51

Show 341 | Los Angeles CA

4/9/2018
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From a studio in Bridge Recording in Los Angeles, California, this week's From the Top has a decidedly more intimate feel. Featuring an all-California lineup, we enjoy two exciting performances by a young, award-winning violinist, a teenage pianist shares how he found joy while performing when he learned to just let go, and an outstanding violist performs a heartfelt interpretation Brahms's Sonata for Viola and Piano.

Duration:01:01:53

The Rise of the Sax Quartet

4/2/2018
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Host Christopher O'Riley speaks with a teen saxophone quartet and their coach about the growing popularity of saxophone quartet music and why sax quartets are so versatile.

Duration:00:11:53

Show 350 | San Antonio TX

4/2/2018
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From the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas, this week's inspiring recording of From the Top features a fantastic line-up of all-Texas performers alongside special guests Black Violin! We'll meet a young bassoonist who's willing and able to play any instrument his band director needs covered, an award-winning saxophone quartet performs an exquisite piece by Guillermo Lago, and all the young performers join guests Black Violin on stage for their fun...

Duration:01:05:05

Show 340 | Atlanta GA

3/26/2018
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This week From the Top comes from the Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. In honor of that setting, the young performers celebrate Jewish themed music and the music of Jewish composers. We'll hear a teenage violinist perform Ravel's gorgeous Kaddish, a wonderful Atlanta-based youth choir sings a piece by a contemporary Jewish composer, and we'll meet a young guitar player who is one part Texan and one part Israeli.

Duration:01:05:07

Chris talks Armenian music with superb teen violinist

3/26/2018
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Host Christopher O'Riley discusses great Armenian music with the young Armenian violinist, Haig Hovsepian

Duration:00:15:05

The Passion of Schumann according to Goldberg

3/19/2018
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Host Christopher O'Riley and 17-year-old violinist Alexander Franco Goldberg from Redwood City, California discuss Robert Schumann's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor.

Duration:00:11:19

Show 349 | Boston MA

3/19/2018
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This week's show comes from our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts where we meet an accomplished local pianist who made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 7, a young musician who's the second ever double bassist to win the prestigious Stulberg International Strings Competition performs Bottesini, and we get to know a teenage violinist who is also a whiz at New York Times crossword puzzles.

Duration:01:03:29

Show HL-26

3/12/2018
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Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top's regular episodes, this highlights program celebrates some of the best performances young people have given on From the Top over the past couple of seasons. Amongst the extraordinary young people featured on this episode, we meet the youngest artist ever to record all of the Chopin Etudes with a major label ... and a violinist who, at the age of 9, isn't big enough for a full-sized violin ... but the sound produces fills the theater and...

Duration:01:13:02

Show 339 | Miami FL

3/5/2018
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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.

Duration:01:01:19

Why does Chicago produce such amazing teenage chamber music?

2/26/2018
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Christopher O'Riley speaks to three leaders of the music teaching community in Chicago

Duration:00:15:44

Show 348 | Highwood, IL

2/26/2018
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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.

Duration:01:04:33

From the Top Music Rehearsal / The Passion of Piazzolla

2/19/2018
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Christopher O'Riley coaches a brilliant young cellist through Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango"

Duration:00:25:10

Show 331 | Honolulu HI

2/19/2018
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From the Top returns to Honolulu, Hawaii with a program that features the excellent Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra performing a wonderful work inspired by vintage popular music from the islands ... We hear this year's 13-year-old junior winner of the prestigious Menuhin International Violin Competition and perform the music of Prokofiev ... and we meet a 15-year-old clarinetist who got his start in the visionary free urban music training programs of Los Angeles.

Duration:01:05:49

The making of a new Hawaiian opera

2/12/2018
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Composer Herbert Mahelona discusses his opera Ha'upu

Duration:00:11:15

Show 330 | Kea'au HI

2/12/2018
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From the town of Kea'au on the "Big Island" of Hawaii, this week's program features a young Hawaiian vocal ensemble performing segments from an opera inspired by Hawaiian myth and sung in the Hawaiian language. Also a young violinist who grew up in a very unusual home deep in the woods and totally off the power grid, performs the lyrical music of William Grant Still.

Duration:01:03:04

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