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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.

iTunes Ratings

125 Ratings
Average Ratings
97
18
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3

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

125 Ratings
Average Ratings
97
18
4
3
3

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 Jun 22, 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 364: Feat. Virtuoso Violinist Charles Yang and Pianist Peter Dugan

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From the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado, this week's From the Top features the ground-breaking violinist Charles Yang as the guest host. He'll share the stage with a joyful teenager whose winning personality propelled her to take home the gold medal at the prestigious 2018 Stulberg International String Competition. We'll also meet a young erhu player, an instrument known to some as the "Chinese violin", who plays "Taichi Warrior of Erhu" by Chen Jun.

Feb 18 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #2: Show 362: Feat. Food Network Star Molly Yeh as Guest Host

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Guest Host Molly Yeh is 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 flutist who performs music inspired by the great Maya Angelou and a 14-year-old cellist who gives a dazzling performance of the music Tchaikovsky.

Dec 31 2018

59mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: 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

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Rank #5: 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 #6: 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

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Rank #7: 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 #8: Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

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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 energetic first movement of Francis Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet with Christopher O'Riley.

Dec 10 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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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Rank #11: 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

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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: "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 #17: Show 360: Feat Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch and Guest Host Yuga Cohler

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This week on From the Top, legendary jazz pianist Fred Hersch collaborates with young performers with guest host Yuga Cohler. We hear a teenage pianist join Hersch in a piano duo performance of Samuel Barber, an award-winning string quartet wows the audience with Mendelssohn, and a young cellist performs one of Hersch's original compositions, "Bittersweet Tango". PERFORMERS: 14-year-old violinist Hina Khuong-Huu, 17-year-old pianist Avik Sarkar, The Kairos String Quartet, 19-year-old cellist Lydia Rhea.

Nov 26 2018

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Rank #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: 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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Our Annual Where Are They Now Show

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Featuring interviews with From the Top alumni and music they're making in their early professional careers, this program features an alum pianist who has released an album to raise money for the people of Flint, Michigan, the alum winner of last year's Queen Elizabeth Competition and an alum baritone who just won his first Grammy.

Jun 22 2020

59mins

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"Blanket Fort II" - Fantastic Home Studio Performances

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Hosted by pianist Peter Dugan this is From the Top's second "Blanket Fort" show. Created during the quarantine of the Covid19 crisis, this episode features young musicians recording themselves in their own homes (in makeshift studios or "Blanket Forts") under From the Top's supervision and it features long distance musical collaborations. Performers include one of the youngest classical guitarists From the Top has ever featured and a teenage composer who discovered his love for music during a difficult time when his immigrant family had no permanent home.

Jun 01 2020

59mins

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Peter Dugan Performs 'Jupiter' By Holst

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Pianist and From the Top host, Peter Dugan, performs his own piano arrangement of the "Jupiter" movement from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst.

May 04 2020

8mins

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The First Ever "Blanket Fort" Show

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In response to the Covid 19 pandemic and the required social distancing, this episode hosted by pianist Peter Dugan features our young performers recording in their own homes under From the Top's guidance and even doing some long-distance musical collaborations with Peter Dugan

Apr 27 2020

1hr 1min

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Anderson and Roe host From the Top

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Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, the two pianists that make up the piano duo Anderson and Roe, host this week's From the Top. The first of two From the Top programs recorded in Fairfax, Virginia, both Greg and Liz collaborate with the young musicians on the program.

Apr 20 2020

58mins

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The Fantastic Paquito D'Rivera joins From the Top / Show 383

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Show 383, From New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston and co-hosted by 14-Time Grammy Award winning clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera along with pianist Peter Dugan features collaborations between Maestro D'Rivera and From the Top's Young Musicians.

Mar 30 2020

59mins

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Peter Dugan Digs into the Archive

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This episode features beautiful music and interviews selected out of From the Top's 20 year deep archive including a rambunctious performance by a 14-year-old pianist, a young bassoonist who shares the moving story of falling in love with the bassoon during difficult times ... and the National Youth Orchestra of America performs the music of Leonard Bernstein.

Mar 23 2020

59mins

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Show 382 / Gardner Museum with Peter Dugan

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From the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, this week's program, hosted by pianist Peter Dugan includes a 12-year-old cellist performing David Popper and fiery Spanish music performed by a 15-year-old guitarist.

Mar 02 2020

59mins

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Show 381 with Elena Urioste and Peter Dugan

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From Key West, Florida and co-hosted by pianist Peter Dugan and violinist Elena Urioste this program features a clarinet quartet from Miami and a jaw dropping performance by a 12-year-old from Ohio.

Feb 17 2020

58mins

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Show 378 / Morristown II with Peter Dugan

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Hosted by Peter Dugan, this week's From the Top comes from Morristown, New Jersey and features a fiery teenage cellist and a high school choir with a deep unified sound.

Feb 10 2020

58mins

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Show 377 / Morristown 1 with Peter Dugan

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Show 377, the first of two shows in Morristown, New Jersey with host Peter Dugan

Feb 03 2020

59mins

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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

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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

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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

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iTunes Ratings

125 Ratings
Average Ratings
97
18
4
3
3

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.