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From the Top

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

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Pianist Orli Shaham hosts From the Top Show 379

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


16 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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

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.

1hr 2mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Show 380 with pianist Orli Shaham

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


6 Jan 2020

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Great Performances From the Archives

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


9 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Show 374 from the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival

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.


7 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Show 375 feat. guest host & cellist Paul Katz

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


21 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Show 373 / San Marcos, TX

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.

1hr 1min

16 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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First Prize winner of the 2019 Cliburn Junior Piano Competition

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


16 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber perform original tune with teenagers

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.


11 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Pianist Jeremy Denk Performs Mozart

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


30 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs Couperin

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


18 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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Pianist Alessio Bax talks competition with Peter Dugan

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


25 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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From the Top Show 372 / Hanover, NH

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.

1hr 1min

2 Sep 2019

Rank #13