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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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125 Ratings
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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 Oct 12, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 25 days ago

Rank #1: 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

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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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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Rank #6: 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 #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

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Rank #8: 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 #9: 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 #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

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Rank #11: 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

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Rank #12: 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 #13: 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

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Rank #14: 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 #15: "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

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Rank #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: Co-Host and Pianist Michelle Cann peforms the music of Florence Price

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From our program recorded March 19th 2019, Interlochen Michigan, co-host and pianist Michelle Cann introduces and performs her break piece on the program, the Sonata in E Minor for Piano by Florence Price.

May 15 2019

12mins

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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

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