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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.

    Spanish Guitar Music from the Archives

    Spanish Guitar Music from the Archives

    In 2002, then 18-year-old guitarist Gohar Vardanyan treated our audiences to a inspired performance of Spanish guitar music and a funny story about her dad. 19 years later, we're revisiting that moment as part of our new short-form series of amazing FTT moments from the archives.

    • 5 min
    Chopin Piano Sonata, Rachmaninoff, & More

    Chopin Piano Sonata, Rachmaninoff, & More

    The young violist on this week's show actually built his own instrument. Hear that story alongside dazzling performances of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Jessie Montgomery and more.

    • 59 min
    12-year-old's Homage to European Folk Music

    12-year-old's Homage to European Folk Music

    In 2001, 12-year-old composer Sebastian Chang shared his brilliant music with us. Twenty years later, his compositions are now performed by orchestras around the world. Hear Sebastian's early days as a composer as part of our new short-form series of amazing FTT moments from the archives.

    • 7 min
    Powerful Chopin, A Teen Guitarist from Iran, and Paganini for Two Young Pianists

    Powerful Chopin, A Teen Guitarist from Iran, and Paganini for Two Young Pianists

    Featuring some of the most exciting performances from the past few seasons, this program features a powerful performance of a Chopin's Sonata; a moving story from a teenage guitarist who fled Iran for religious reasons, and a showy and charismatic performance of the Carmen Fantasy by a 16-year-old violinist.

    • 59 min
    Voices From The Heartland: A Choir Sings Whitacre

    Voices From The Heartland: A Choir Sings Whitacre

    Back in 2011, 55 high school aged vocalists from Norman, OK blew our audience away with their powerful performance of Eric Whitacre. It was so powerful that we're revisiting it 10 years later as part of our new short-form series of amazing FTT moments from the archives.

    • 7 min
    Shostakovich, Kreisler, & New Music

    Shostakovich, Kreisler, & New Music

    We're back, and we're kicking off our 22nd season with two up-and-coming composers, a 13-year-old's performance of Shostakovich, a 15-year-old playing Kreisler, and more. Listen to Co-Host / Creative Alex Laing join our host, Peter Dugan, for this episode.

    • 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

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!

canie bug ,

Where is the rest of the episodes of from the top

I wish Y’all would put the older episodes own here the new ones are great wish I could here the older eppsodes episodes

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