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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.

    A Heartfelt Narration and Devilish Prokofiev

    A Heartfelt Narration and Devilish Prokofiev

    In this week's FTT Mini, 14-year-old pianist Evan Ritter narrates a moving story about his life and the role of piano in it, and then delivers ferocious performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Suggestion Diabolique.

    • 8 min
    A Thrilling Teenage Percussion Ensemble

    A Thrilling Teenage Percussion Ensemble

    9 teenagers from Chicago's legendary Percussion Scholarship Group brought the house down when they performed the high energy piece, "Marimba Spiritual" on From the Top back in 2009. Check out this treasure from our archive.

    • 10 min
    Bach, Brahms and the Red Violin Caprices

    Bach, Brahms and the Red Violin Caprices

    A teenage violist with a talent for astronomy performs the music of Brahms ... a fiery violinist performs music from "The Red Violin" and shares his perspectives growing up with Aspeger's syndrome and a teenage pianist who's already touring the world as a pro performs Chopin.

    • 59 min
    Beautiful Seattle Rain Shared Through Music

    Beautiful Seattle Rain Shared Through Music

    Composer Joshua Deutsch wrote his evocative composition, Shades of Rain for woodwinds and cello as a teenager and we featured it way back in 2000. Featuring several short movements, it explores the differing moods of rain in Seattle, Washington.

    • 7 min
    Wild Paganini on Piano

    Wild Paganini on Piano

    Teenage pianists David Allakhverdov,and Weiyin Chen,17, tear up the keyboard in a performance of Variations on a Theme by Paganini by Witold Lutoslawski

    • 7 min
    Anthony McGill, Clarinet Quintet and More!

    Anthony McGill, Clarinet Quintet and More!

    Clarinetist Anthony McGill makes a guest appearance performing Brahms with a 14-year-old cellist, bonding with a teenage clarinet quintet over their shared instrument, and recalling stories from his childhood.

    • 59 min

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