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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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Show 381 with Elena Urioste and Peter Dugan
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
Show 378 / Morristown II with Peter Dugan
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
Show 377 / Morristown 1 with Peter Dugan
Show 377, the first of two shows in Morristown, New Jersey with host Peter Dugan
Feb 03, 2020
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
Jan 06, 2020
Pianist Orli Shaham hosts From the Top Show 379
Pianist Orli Shaham hosts the first of two From the Top episodes in Portland, Maine.
Dec 16, 2019
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.
Dec 09, 2019
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.
Nov 25, 2019
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
Nov 18, 2019
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.
Nov 11, 2019
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.
Nov 04, 2019
Pianist Jeremy Denk Performs Mozart
Guest host, pianist Jeremy Denk performs the second movement of Sonata No. 16 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Oct 30, 2019
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
Oct 21, 2019
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
Oct 16, 2019
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.
Oct 07, 2019
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.
Sep 16, 2019
Pianist Jeremy Denk performs with three powerhouse FTT alums
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
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.
Sep 02, 2019
Pianist George Li performs "Carmen."
Alumni pianist, George Li performs Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Opera "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz.
Jul 15, 2019
"Loopy" – by violinist and guest host, Charles Yang
Charles Yang along with pianist Peter Dugan and 16-year-old guitarist Gwenyth Aggeler perform "Loopy" by Charles Yang.
Jul 01, 2019
Show 371 | LaJolla CA
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
Show 370 from Atlanta Feat. Lara Downes
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
Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Valse Triste
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
Show 369: Feat. Guest Host & Violinist Leila Josefowicz
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
Co-Host and Pianist Michelle Cann peforms the music of Florence Price
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
Show 368 Feat. Actor Damon Gupton from Interlochen, MI
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
Guest Host Peter Dugan Plays Bach
Pianist Peter Dugan performs the Sarabande from the French Suite no. 5 in G major J.S. Bach
Apr 29, 2019
Show 367 | Los Angeles CA
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
EDM Producer Alex Seaver works with FTT kids
Member of the Electronic Dance Music group, MAKO, Alex Seaver speaks with guest host Peter Dugan and French Horn player, Zach Potts.
Apr 15, 2019
Show 366: Feat. Pianist Peter Dugan from L.A.
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
Show 365: Feat. Actor & Musician Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
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
Mar 11, 2019
Show 364: Feat. Virtuoso Violinist Charles Yang and Pianist Peter Dugan
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
Show 363: Feat. Food Network Star Molly Yeh and Pianist Peter Dugan
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
Show 362: Feat. Food Network Star Molly Yeh as Guest Host
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
Pianist Orli Shaham performs Mozart_s C Major Piano Sonata K330, Mvt. 1
Guest host Orli Shaham's complete break piece recorded during From the Top Episode 361, Brunswick, ME.
Dec 24, 2018
Show 361: Feat Concert Pianist Orli Shaham as Guest Host
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
From Mao's China to New York City
Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Zhou Long is interviewed by host Christopher O'Riley
Dec 10, 2018
Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA
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
Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin
Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin
Dec 03, 2018
Show HL-27
Featuring music and interviews with From the Top alumni who are now professional musicians, this Where are They Now episode brings a delightful mix of performances of Ravel, Gershwin, Schumann, and an original work from one of From the Top's up-and-coming composer alumni.
Dec 03, 2018
Show 360: Feat Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch and Guest Host Yuga Cohler
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
10 Questions for the Great Conductor, Marin Alsop
Host Christopher O'Riley interviews conductor, Marin Alsop.
Nov 19, 2018
Show 343 | Purchase, New York
From Purchase, New York, this week's From the Top highlights the 115 incredible young musicians that make up Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA. Featured on the program are four performances by the full ensemble under renowned conductor Marin Alsop including an adrenaline-inducing performance of John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and a newly-commissioned work by composer Gabriela Lena Frank.
Nov 19, 2018
What a classical violinist can learn from Gypsy Jazz
Christopher O'RIley and teenage violinist, John Fawcett talk about nuanced bowing technique.
Nov 12, 2018
Show 352 | Berkeley CA
From the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, this week's From the Top features the winning ensemble of KDFC's Local Vocals High School Choir Sing-Off and, at 120 singers, it's the largest choir ever featured on the program. We meet a 17-year-old pianist with a moving story to tell about losing access to her beloved piano for financial reasons and how she overcame that situation ... and a young string quartet performs the rhapsodic first movement of Debussy's string quartet in G major, Op. 10.
Nov 12, 2018
Peter Dugan's Tribute to Aretha Franklin & Philly
Guest Host Peter Dugan created a special arrangement in honor of the late Aretha Franklin and his hometown of Philadelphia and performed it during the live recording of NPR's From the Top Show 359.
Nov 05, 2018
Show 359: Feat. Guest Host Peter Dugan, a violin/guitar duo, a 15-year-old pianist and more!
From picturesque Longwood Gardens outside Philadelphia, From the Top, with this week's Guest Host Peter Dugan, features an exciting array of young talent – including a young violinist who got her start in the El Sistema-inspired music program, Play-On Philly, a violin and guitar duo performs a dramatic tango, and a young cellist who once performed at a Chicago Bulls game. Performers and repertoire 17-year-old cellist Jack Boettcher from Naperville, Illinois performs Pampeana No. 2, Op. 21 for Cello and Piano by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), with Peter Dugan, piano 15-year-old pianist Angeline Ma from Berwyn, Pennsylvania performs Waltz in F major, Op. 34 no. 3 and Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Duo FaRi – 17-year-old violinist Faustina Housner from Cherry Hill, New Jersey and 18-year-old guitarist Ria Modak from New York, New York performs Histoire du Tango: Cafe 1930 by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) 18-year-old violinist Akili Farrow from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania performs: Sonatensatz in C Minor by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), with Peter Dugan, piano 17-year-old clarinetist Andrew Chang from Rowland Heights, California performs: IV. Andante molto - allegro energico from "Time Pieces" for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 43 by Robert Muczynski (1929-2010), with Peter Dugan, piano 15-year-old pianist Angeline Ma from Berwyn, Pennsylvania performs I. Prelude from Eight Concert Études, Op 40 by Nikolai Kapustin (b.1937)
Nov 05, 2018
A new work by From the Top Alum, Conrad Tao
Christopher O'Riley and Conrad talk about Conrad's vibrant career as a composer and pianist and we hear his new piece, "Asymptotes."
Oct 29, 2018
Show 342 | Santa Barbara CA
From Santa Barbara, California, this week's From the Top features fantastic musicians who are studying at the prestigious Music Academy of the West, which celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year. We'll hear a young pianist perform one of Rachmaninoff's most complex pieces for the piano, a teenage violinist recounts a life-changing realization, and we feature a world-premiere of "Asymptotes", a newly commissioned work for clarinet, viola, and piano from composer and From the Top alum, Conrad Tao.
Oct 29, 2018
Show 358 | Roxbury Crossing MA
From the Media Arts Center at Roxbury Community College, this episode of From the Top brings together a cast of fantastic young performers with an all-student audience! We meet a remarkable 13-year-old pianist who shares how much happier she became when she stopped comparing herself to others, a teenage trombone quartet performs two pieces back-to-back that were composed centuries apart, and students from the audience ask the performers questions onstage.
Oct 22, 2018
A brilliant teen guitarist and refugee shares his music
Parsa Sabet Rasekhi talks with host Christopher O'Riley about his journey to America from Iran and then performs his own composition. "Snowflight."
Oct 15, 2018