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June 26, 2017
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 brought him back to music.
June 19, 2017
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.
June 19, 2017
[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 exciting developments took place after this recording on our website: http://bit.ly/CocoNovel
June 12, 2017
This week's episode features outstanding young musicians soloing with the York Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Lawrence Golan. Meet the performers: ||:ANDREW MAZANKO – CLARINET:|| Andrew, 19, hails from Sovetsky, Russia and now attends Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He performs Rondo from Concerto No. 1, Op. 73 for Clarinet and Orchestra by Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826), with the York Symphony Orchestra. Learn More: http://bit.ly/337Andrew — ||:BEN DETRICK – VIOLIN:|| Ben is an alum of the show and began his musical studies in York, Pennsylvania. He performs Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók (1881-1945), with Christopher O'Riley, piano. Learn More: http://bit.ly/337Detrick — ||:ZOE LIN – CELLO:|| Zoe, 17, is from Palo Alto, CA and performs Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70 for Cello and Piano by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), with Christopher O'Riley, piano. Learn More: http://bit.ly/337Zoe — ||:BARON CAO – PIANO:|| Baron, 16, is from State College, Pennsylvania and performs Hungarian Rhapsody No.11 in A minor, S.244 by Franz Liszt (1811-1886). Learn More: http://bit.ly/337Baron — ||:DANIEL RAFIMAYERI – VIOLIN:|| Daniel, 16, is from New York City and performs II. Adagio from Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 for Violin and Orchestra, by Max Bruch (1838-1920), with the York Symphony Orchestra. Learn More: http://bit.ly/337Daniel — ||:THE YORK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:|| The York Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Golan performs Coriolan Overture, Op.62, by Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827). — ||:LEAVE US A RATING!:|| Whether you're a first-time listener or a long-time fan, we thank you for listening! If you're enjoying the podcast, please give us a rating in iTunes and leave a comment, we'd love to hear from you!
June 5, 2017
Can someone with very little resources teach themselves about classical music by watching YouTube videos and emerge as a successful and original composer? Absolutely – 18-year-old guitarist Gianfranco Baltazar is proof! Hear his story, original composition, and a host of incredible young performers on this week's NPR's From the Top from sunny San Jose, California. ||:TIFFANY WEE:|| 18-year-old violinist Tiffany Wee from Redlands, California, performs Banjo and Fiddle by William Kroll (1901-1980), with pianist Christopher O'Riley. http://bit.ly/319Tiffany ||:ANDREW MOSES:|| 16-year-old clarinetist Andrew Moses from Los Angeles, California, performs the third movement, Sultry Waltz, and the first movement, Bop, from "Grooves" by Philip Parker (b. 1953), with pianist Christopher O'Riley. http://bit.ly/319Andrew ||:GIANFRANCO BALTAZAR:|| 18-year-old composer and guitarist Gianfranco Baltazar, originally from Peru and now living in San Francisco, performs his own work, "Mi Lima Antano" for guitar, violin, viola, and cello. http://bit.ly/319Gianfranco ||:LEYLA KABULI:|| 16-year-old pianist Leyla Kabuli from Davis, California, performs "Black Earth" by Fazil Say (b. 1970). http://bit.ly/319Leyla ||:THE MONTE VISTA CHAMBER SINGERS:|| The Monte Vista Chamber Singers from Monte Vista High School in Danville, California, perform "Alleluia" by Jake Runestad (b. 1986) and "Rockin' Jerusalem," a traditional spiritual arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs (b. 1962.). http://bit.ly/319Singers ||:FINALE:|| Clarinetist Andrew Moses performs the third movement, Allegro con fuoco, from Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), with pianist Christopher O'Riley. http://bit.ly/319Andrew ||:RATE AND SUBSCRIBE:|| Whether you're a first-time listener or a long-time fan, we thank you for listening! If you're enjoying the podcast, please give us a rating in iTunes and leave a comment – we'd love to hear from you!
May 29, 2017
Before they walk on stage and before we ever hit record, our young musicians first rehearse their music with Host Christopher O'Riley. In this podcast-exclusive session, Christopher O'Riley coaches 14-year-old violinist Sena Cho through the finer points of: dynamic pacing collaborating with a pianist investing emotions in the music, and digging deeper into the 16th notes to ultimately create a fiery and engaging performance. The music: The first movement, Allegro molto ed appassionato, from Sonata No. 3, Op. 45 for Violin and Piano by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Full performance on our previous podcast episode, Show 336 | Longview, TX. About Sena Cho: Sena is from Irvine, CA and is a freshman in the California Virtual Academy. She currently studies at the Colburn Music Academy where she is in the studio of Robert Lipsett. She plays a 1665 Nicolo Amati violin on generous loan from the Mandell Collection of Southern California. To learn more about Sena and to listen to her two incredible performances on the show, check out our latest podcast episode, Show 336 | Longview, TX, or visit http://bit.ly/336Sena Whether you're a first-time listener or a long-time fan, thank you for listening! If you're enjoying the podcast, please give us a rating in iTunes and leave a comment, we'd love to hear from you! From the Top: https://www.fromthetop.org
May 29, 2017
From Longview, Texas this week's program features a 12-year-old pianist from East Texas performing the music of Paderewski, a heartfelt performance of Faure's "Elegy" performed by a teenager from the Chicago area and we'll hear a moving from the young flutist on the program who's rancher grandfather sold much of his herd of cattle to support her musical studies.
May 22, 2017
Back at our home in Jordan Hall in Boston, this week's From the Top features a wonderful diversity of young musicians, including a teenage cellist who's making her way on her own in America after moving here from Belarus; a boy from Nashville, Tennessee, who's carrying on the great guitar tradition of that city; and a pianist from the Boston area who's just eleven years old.
May 15, 2017
From Danville, Kentucky, this week's From the Top features a 10-year-old violinist performing the music of Edward Elgar — she also shares some colorful stories of growing up in Kentucky with her 6 siblings. Also on the program, a beautifully detailed classical guitar performance by a young man from South Carolina and Chopin performed by a talented teenager from Massachusetts.
May 8, 2017
Recorded in front of a live audience in the television studios of Ideastream, Cleveland Ohio's public media station, this week's From the Top features an Octet of Cleveland area kids performing the music of Mendelssohn, we meet a young pianist who co-founded a youth orchestra as a teenager and a teenage bassoonist with an outspoken and playful personality performs the music of Weber.