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United States

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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.

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English

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O_Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian

9/18/2017
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O_Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian

Duration: 00:15:02


Show 340 | Atlanta GA

9/18/2017
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This week From the Top visits the recital hall of 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 hear a story from a young guitar player about his life as one part Texan and one part Israeli.

Duration: 01:05:07


Show HL-26

9/11/2017
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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: 01:13:06


O'Riley explores the work and process of a brilliant teen composer

9/4/2017
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Show 339 Bonus Content

Duration: 00:15:42


Show 339 | Miami FL

9/4/2017
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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: 01:01:08


Show 331 Bonus Content Podcast

8/28/2017
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Show 331 Bonus Content Podcast

Duration: 00:25:08


Show 331 | Honolulu HI

8/28/2017
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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: 01:05:48


O'Riley chats with composer of Hawaiian opera

8/21/2017
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Christopher O'Riley speaks with the composer of Ha 'Apu, a new opera based on a traditional Hawaiian folk tale. We then hear a youth choir perform an exuberant segment of this tradition inspired music.

Duration: 00:11:30


Show 330 | Kea'au HI

8/21/2017
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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: 01:03:22


Show 329 bonus content podcast

8/14/2017
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Show 329 bonus content podcast

Duration: 00:11:04


Show 329 | St Paul MN

8/14/2017
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From St. Paul, Minnesota, this week's program features all Minnesota performers. We'll enjoy a virtuosic performance of Ernesto Cavallini's Adagio and Tarantella by 17-year-old clarinetist Anders Peterson, a teenage pianist shares the story of how he handpicked his stepfather when he was four years old, and and a brother and sister piano duo perform a raucous four-hands arrangement of Schubert's Der Erlkonig.

Duration: 01:06:58


Show 328 from Boston, Massachusetts

8/7/2017
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Tickets are now on sale for our next inspirational LIVE recording of NPR's From the Top in our hometown of Boston, MA on October 1! Visit http://bit.ly/FTT346 or www.fromthetop.org for more information. From Boston Massachusetts, this week's episode features a 12-year-old cellist performing a remarkable show piece by David Popper, a moving setting of a Newfoundland folk song is performed by the Young Women's Chamber Choir of Boston's famous Handel and Haydn Society, and we'll meet a Boston...

Duration: 01:03:22


Show 325 | El Paso TX

7/31/2017
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From El Paso, Texas, this week's program opens with a powerhouse performance of the music of Johannes Brahms performed by a 15-year-old violinist from Texas. We'll also hear a lyrical new work by a talented teenage composer featuring the under appreciated brass instrument, the euphonium, and each young musician on the program shares a clip of music that first inspired them to dedicate themselves to musical study.

Duration: 01:07:58


Show 324 | New York NY

7/24/2017
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From New York City, this week's program features a fiery performance of the music of Argentinian composer, Alberto Ginastera performed by a 16-year-old cellist from New York, a young oboist shares some beautiful thoughts about his Honduran immigrant parents and what they've taught him, and an unusually self motivated teenage piano trio, organized with no coaching or assistance from any adults delivers a wonderfully nuanced performance of Beethoven's Piano Trio in C minor.

Duration: 01:01:55


Show 323 | Idyllwild CA

7/17/2017
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From Idyllwild, California this week's From the Top features the excellent students studying at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. We hear a wonderful young cellist from China perform the music of Schumann, we'll meet a self-described "flute playing country boy" from rural Oklahoma ... and we'll enjoy a brand new piece for string octet commissioned by the Idyllwild Arts Academy on the occasion of the school's 70th anniversary.

Duration: 01:03:08


Show 322 | Davis CA

7/10/2017
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From Davis, California, this week's From the Top features a teenage pianist who has already achieved international recognition for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach ... we'll enjoy Ravel's "Tzigane" performed by an extraordinary young violinist from Southern California ... and we'll meet a young cellist with a moving story about the sacrifices his whole family has made in support of his musical dreams.

Duration: 01:03:57


Show 321 | Lake Jackson TX

7/3/2017
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From Lake Jackson, Texas, this week's From the Top features an energetic 11-year-old pianist from Texas performing the music of Mendelssohn, we'll hear a brand new work for four cellos written by a brilliant teenage composer from Pennsylvania, and we'll meet a very confident young trumpet player who thrives on the pressure of playing a brass instrument—he loves the challenge that, because the instrument is so loud, everyone can hear any mistake he might make. Not surprisingly, this young...

Duration: 01:04:15


Show 320 from Lubbock, Texas

6/26/2017
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This week's episode features a 16-year-old pianist who is one of the few lucky students able to take lessons with the internationally-renowned concert pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. We'll hear from Maestro Thibaudet and enjoy the young pianist's superb performance. We'll also meet a young violinist from the city of Lubbock itself who performs the music of Spanish composer Manuel De Falla, and a teen cellist shares a moving story about nearly giving up his instrument and the mindset that...

Duration: 01:06:04


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

6/19/2017
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[PODCAST EXCLUSIVE] This week, we were privileged to speak with a particularly multitalented individual: pianist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient, Coco Ma. Coco, a Julliard pre-college student, talks about and reads selections from her upcoming young adult novel "The Blood of Shadows". Yep, you read that correctly. 16-year-old Coco Ma has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and still found the time to write a novel. [UPDATE] Read what...

Duration: 00:13:19


Show 338 from Carnegie Hall in New York, NY

6/19/2017
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For the second time in the show's history, this week's From the Top from Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Room will feature a teenage counter-tenor and his guitar-playing collaborator for two beautiful art songs. Also on the program, a piece by a teenage 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.

Duration: 01:02:18

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