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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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    • 4.6 • 147 Ratings

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

    Erhu Experienced?

    Erhu Experienced?

    17-year-old Erhu player narrates a colorful multilayered audio introduction to this traditional Chinese instrument and then performs a medley to two contrasting Erhu pieces.

    • 9 min
    Brahms, Debussy, and Marimba

    Brahms, Debussy, and Marimba

    A 16-year-old violist plays one of Brahms' most beautiful sonatas, a young percussionist shares an experience that inspired him to connect with his Mexican-American heritage, and a teen violinist recalls his "bucket list" performance at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama.

    • 59 min
    Teen Saxophonist and the Cincinnati Pops

    Teen Saxophonist and the Cincinnati Pops

    Corey Dundee, who is now a member of the award winning Kenari Quartet, appeared on From the Top as a teenager. Here his teen performance of Russell Peck's "The Upward Stream" with the Cincinnati Pops under the direction of Erich Kunzel

    • 10 min
    Beethoven to Bluegrass

    Beethoven to Bluegrass

    This week we hear a mambo for harp, one of Debussy's earliest works, a Spiritual arranged by composer Margaret Bonds, and a fiddle finale with a 12-year-old national champion. Violinist Tessa Lark joins as co-host.

    • 59 min
    Prokofiev Performed by the Swim Team Captain

    Prokofiev Performed by the Swim Team Captain

    This week's short form podcast features a 17-year-old pianist performing an excerpt from Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 1 and her swim-team coach chimes in to rave about her performance in the pool.

    • 8 min
    Mozart, Chopin, & A Young Composer

    Mozart, Chopin, & A Young Composer

    A pair of sisters from New York deliver a brilliant performance of Mozart. They're joined by a 16-year-old pianist playing Chopin, a talented young composer, and a violist who shares her powerful experiences with synesthesia.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

Pete Trg ,

An institution

Great show, esp the Christopher O’Reilly episodes before 2018

canie bug ,

I wish I could here the episodes of From the Top with Christopher O’Riley

I would like to hear the older episodes of From the Top. I like the new ones but the old ones would hear me good to hear to from the past I wish I would put the rest of the seasons on there I wish Y’all would put the older episodes own here the new ones are great wish I could here the older eppsodes episodes

jrd220 ,

The best!

I look forward to From the Top each week. These young musicians are incredibly inspiring and the host, Peter, is a breath of fresh air!

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