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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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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

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


Episodes

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

6/11/2018
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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.

Duration:00:09:04

Show 355 | New York NY

6/11/2018
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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...

Duration:01:03:27

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

6/4/2018
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Christopher O'Riley coaches 17-year-old violinist Oliver Leitner

Duration:00:21:41

Show 345 | Reno NV

6/4/2018
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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.

Duration:01:03:25

A Young Composer Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

5/28/2018
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Christopher O'Riley interviews teenage composer Alistair Coleman about his piece "Images from Falling Water."

Duration:00:14:05

Show 353 | San Francisco CA

5/28/2018
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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.

Duration:01:03:28

Interview with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music

5/21/2018
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Christopher O'Riley asks Zhou Long about his his past growing up in China's during the cultural revolution and the influence of American culture on his work.

Duration:00:14:50

Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

5/21/2018
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From East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, this week's From the Top features more than 100 young musicians from across Mainland China in their first ever public performance as the National Youth Orchestra of China under the direction of Maestro Ludovic Morlot. We hear the full ensemble perform "Rhyme of Taigu" by Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer Zhou Long, a young clarinetist shares how he fell in love with the clarinet's sound at his first concert, and five members of the ensemble perform the...

Duration:01:04:21

Eduard Degas inspires a young composer

5/14/2018
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Christopher O'Riley interviews 17-year-old composer, Esther Ollivier

Duration:00:11:22

Show 354 | San Francisco CA

5/14/2018
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From the Walt Disney Concert Hall, this week's From the Top features a fantastic line-up of young people alongside one of the greatest orchestras in the world, the Los Angeles Philharmonic! We'll hear the premiere of a new work by a teenage composer, a 12-year-old violinist likens virtuosic playing to figure skating, and a young bassoonist brilliantly performs Mozart.

Duration:01:02:11

10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop

5/7/2018
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Christopher O'Riley interviews conductor, Marin Alsop.

Duration:00:11:23

Show 343 | Purchase NY

5/7/2018
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From Purchase, New York, this week's From the Top highlights the 115 incredible young musicians that make up Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA. Featured on the program are four performances by the full ensemble under renowned conductor Marin Alsop including an adrenaline-inducing performance of John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and a newly-commissioned work by composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

Duration:01:02:52

What a classical violinist can learn from Gypsy Jazz.

4/30/2018
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Christopher O'RIley and teenage violinist, John Fawcett talk about nuanced bowing technique.

Duration:00:08:30

Show 352 | Berkeley CA

4/30/2018
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From the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, this week's From the Top features the winning ensemble of KDFC's Local Vocals High School Choir Sing-Off and, at 120 singers, it's the largest choir ever featured on the program. We also meet a 17-year-old pianist who talks about the difficulty of preparing for competitions without a piano, and a young string quartet performs the rhapsodic first movement of Debussy's string quartet in G major, Op. 10.

Duration:01:04:59

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