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

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

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110 Ratings
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87
15
3
3
2

only one show available?

By Ogg1701 - Feb 04 2014
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Why not have more previous shows available for download?

This show is inspiring!

By trollope wit - Jan 08 2012
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I really enjoy listening to the music and the conversations in these podcasts.

iTunes Ratings

110 Ratings
Average Ratings
87
15
3
3
2

only one show available?

By Ogg1701 - Feb 04 2014
Read more
Why not have more previous shows available for download?

This show is inspiring!

By trollope wit - Jan 08 2012
Read more
I really enjoy listening to the music and the conversations in these podcasts.
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From the Top

Latest release on Jan 06, 2020

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

Rank #1: Show 333 | Buffalo NY

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From Buffalo, New York this week's episode features some of the best young musicians in the country performing concerto repertoire with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta. A 15-year-old pianist performs a frothy piano concerto movement by Beethoven, a teenage cellist, who's parents are actually players in the orchestra, performs Shostakovich ... and the Buffalo Phil plays a new work by an 18-year-old composer.

Oct 08 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #2: Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

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From Las Vegas this week's episode features a teenage piano performing a bombastic piece for two pianos by Lutoslawski, a young guitarist shares his moving story about fleeing Iran to study music in America, and a 13-year-old violinist wows the audience with Paul Nero's whimsical show piece "Hot Canary."

Oct 15 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #3: Violinist Tessa Lark and Bassist Michael Thurber Co-Host From the Top

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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.

Nov 04 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #4: Show 361: Feat Concert Pianist Orli Shaham as Guest Host

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Concert pianist Orli Shaham guest hosts this week's From the Top from Brunswick, Maine! We'll hear her talk shop with a superb teenage pianist who performs the music of Brahms, meet a violinist from Maine who happens to do serious biomedical research when he's not in the practice room, and a very young, very fun brother-sister guitar duo plays contemporary music from Brazil. *PERFORMERS* 16-year-old cellist Jiaxun "Caroline" Yao from Flushing, NY performing: I. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto from the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy with Orli Shaham, piano || Davisson Guitar Duo: Elle Davisson, 10, and Jack Davisson,13, from Palo Alto, CA performing: "Jongo" by Paulo Bellinati || 17-year-old bassoonist Aaron Brown from Shapleigh, ME performing: I. Vivace from the Sonata for Bassoon and Piano by William Hurlstone, with Orli Shaham, piano. || 17-year-old pianist Avery Gagliano from Philadelphia, PA performing: I. Intermezzo in A minor and III. Ballade in G minor from 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118 by Johannes Brahms || 17-year-old violinist Brandon Aponte from Blue Hill, ME performing: "Méditation" from Thaïs by Jules Massenet, with Orli Shaham, piano || Finale: All performers with Orli Shaham perform VI. Le Pas Espagnol from Dolly Suite, Op.56 by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), arr. by Simon Frisch

Dec 17 2018

1hr

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Rank #5: Show 363: Feat. Food Network Star Molly Yeh and Pianist Peter Dugan

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This week's guest host is Molly Yeh a young chef with her own show on the Food Channel called "Girl Meets Farm." But before she developed an interest in food, she was an extraordinary classical percussionist who appeared on From the Top over a decade ago when she was just 15-years-old. This week, she returns to introduce us to an impressive lineup of young musicians including a talented teenage bassoonist from rural Oklahoma and a 17-year-old pianist who delivers a fiery performance of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

Jan 28 2019

1hr

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Rank #6: Show 365: Feat. Actor & Musician Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

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This week's From the Top celebrates the 125th Anniversary of one of the great teaching grounds for classical musicians, the Walnut Hill School for the Arts! You might recognize this episode's guest host from his roles on The Wire and HBO's The Deuce, but you may not know Lawrence Gilliard Jr. is also a fantastic clarinetist. Listen as he introduces to us current students and a few illustrious alumni of Walnut Hall. || Learn more at http://bit.ly/FTT365

Mar 11 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #7: Pianist George Li performs "Carmen."

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

Jul 15 2019

4mins

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Rank #8: Show 375 feat. guest host & cellist Paul Katz

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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

Oct 21 2019

59mins

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Rank #9: Show 367 | Los Angeles CA

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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.

Apr 22 2019

59mins

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Rank #10: The Kids Are Alright

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Conductor JoAnn Falletta and host Christopher O'Riley discuss the state of music training and education in the United States.

Oct 08 2018

7mins

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Rank #11: Show 374 from the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival

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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.

Oct 07 2019

59mins

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Rank #12: First Prize winner of the 2019 Cliburn Junior Piano Competition

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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

Oct 16 2019

34mins

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Rank #13: Show 366: Feat. Pianist Peter Dugan from L.A.

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This episode of From the Top was recorded in the famed Hollywood Scoring Studio in Los Angeles. We meet a brilliant young pianist who grew up in Hollywood enjoying film music so much that she founded her own multi-disciplinary arts collaborative at her high school. Also on the program is a heroic performance of a piece by Planel for horn and a teenage violinist rocks Ravel's virtuosic "Tzigane" with guest host Peter Dugan.

Apr 08 2019

59mins

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Rank #14: Show 369: Feat. Guest Host & Violinist Leila Josefowicz

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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."

May 20 2019

1hr

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Rank #15: Show 371 | LaJolla CA

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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.

Jun 17 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #16: Show 368 Feat. Actor Damon Gupton from Interlochen, MI

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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.

May 06 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #17: Show 373 / San Marcos, TX

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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.

Sep 16 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #18: Show 370 from Atlanta Feat. Lara Downes

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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.

Jun 03 2019

59mins

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Rank #19: "Loopy" – by violinist and guest host, Charles Yang

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

Jul 01 2019

6mins

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Rank #20: Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber perform original tune with teenagers

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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.

Nov 11 2019

6mins

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Show 380 with pianist Orli Shaham

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In our second 2019 episode from Portland, Maine, guest host, pianist Orli Shaham introduces us to a fantastic crew of young musicians

Jan 06 2020

59mins

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Pianist Orli Shaham hosts From the Top Show 379

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Pianist Orli Shaham hosts the first of two From the Top episodes in Portland, Maine.

Dec 16 2019

59mins

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Great Performances From the Archives

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Pianist Peter Dugan hosts a From the Top Highlights Program HL-28 featuring great performances and interviews from the past couple of seasons.

Dec 09 2019

1hr

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Pianist Alessio Bax talks competition with Peter Dugan

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Pianist Alessio Bax is interviewed by From the Top host, Peter Dugan about being the Jury Chairman at the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition.

Nov 25 2019

19mins

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Pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs Couperin

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Guest host, pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs the break piece from the show she hosted in San Marcos, Texas: Les Barricades Mysterieuses by Francois Couperin

Nov 18 2019

4mins

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Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber perform original tune with teenagers

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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.

Nov 11 2019

6mins

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

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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.

Nov 04 2019

1hr 2mins

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Pianist Jeremy Denk Performs Mozart

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

Oct 30 2019

4mins

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Show 375 feat. guest host & cellist Paul Katz

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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

Oct 21 2019

59mins

Play

First Prize winner of the 2019 Cliburn Junior Piano Competition

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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

Oct 16 2019

34mins

Play

Show 374 from the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival

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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.

Oct 07 2019

59mins

Play

Show 373 / San Marcos, TX

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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.

Sep 16 2019

1hr 1min

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Pianist Jeremy Denk performs with three powerhouse FTT alums

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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.

Sep 12 2019

8mins

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From the Top Show 372 / Hanover, NH

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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.

Sep 02 2019

1hr 1min

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Pianist George Li performs "Carmen."

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

Jul 15 2019

4mins

Play

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

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

Jul 01 2019

6mins

Play

Show 371 | LaJolla CA

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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.

Jun 17 2019

1hr 5mins

Play

Show 370 from Atlanta Feat. Lara Downes

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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.

Jun 03 2019

59mins

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Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Valse Triste

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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.

May 27 2019

7mins

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Show 369: Feat. Guest Host & Violinist Leila Josefowicz

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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."

May 20 2019

1hr

Play

iTunes Ratings

110 Ratings
Average Ratings
87
15
3
3
2

only one show available?

By Ogg1701 - Feb 04 2014
Read more
Why not have more previous shows available for download?

This show is inspiring!

By trollope wit - Jan 08 2012
Read more
I really enjoy listening to the music and the conversations in these podcasts.