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

From the Top From the Top

    • Music
    • 4.6 • 163 Ratings

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

    Schumann, Haydn, and a Joyful Gospel Choir

    Schumann, Haydn, and a Joyful Gospel Choir

    Violinist Charles Yang returns as co-host. We meet a bubbly teen violinist, a pianist with a mission to connect with audiences, and a cellist who opens up about mental health. The Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir sing us out with a performance that will have you on your feet and smiling!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Kreisler, Film Scores & More

    Kreisler, Film Scores & More

    We meet a teenage pianist with an affinity for horror movie scores, a percussionist who adapts Debussy for marimba, a talented violinist who likes to read books upside down, and an outstanding trio from Utah play Café Music. They all answer the question — why classical music?

    • 59 min
    Ravel Quartet & Sibling Dynamics

    Ravel Quartet & Sibling Dynamics

    Guest Host Orli Shaham finds common ground with a pair of siblings who remind her of growing up with her brother Gil. A lively quartet from Chicago play Ravel. A teen soprano speaks about representation in classical music and connecting with a composer who shares her heritage. A talented young pianist talks about having pianist parents.

    • 59 min
    Incredible String Players Shine at the Klein

    Incredible String Players Shine at the Klein

    We'll hear the adrenaline filled performances taking place at the 37th Annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition, meet the players, hear from the jury, and of course, learn who wins. Violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Peter Dugan co-host this portrait of one of our country's top competitions for young players.

    • 59 min
    11-Year-Old Pianist, Self-Directed Flutist & More

    11-Year-Old Pianist, Self-Directed Flutist & More

    Pianist Orli Shaham guest hosts. We meet a sensational 11-year-old pianist, a self-directed flutist who describes the mouthwatering food he finds in his hometown, a violinist who shares a moving piece inspired by the Holocaust, a young harpist who explores her creativity on her own Youtube Channel, and a thoughtful teenage violinist with a multicultural background.

    • 59 min
    Sibling Soloists, Fischoff Champions, & More

    Sibling Soloists, Fischoff Champions, & More

    Brothers from Chicago talk Formula One racing and share performances of Ysaÿe and Kovács, an award-winning chamber group from San Francisco plays a fiery Spanish trio, and a teen violinist talks about his interest in neuroscience and performs Mozart.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

DC Wash ,

Magnificent

The music is incredible. The interview with the musicians reveal the heart and intellect behind that music. Impressive for sure.

JuilliardVoice ,

The host!

The new host Peter Dugan makes this show even better! So happy he’s at the helm leading the new generation with an open heart and keen ear.

Pete Trg ,

An institution

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

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