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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.

    14-year-old Harpist's Spooky Serenade

    14-year-old Harpist's Spooky Serenade

    Horror movies can definitely inspire a great classical music performance. They certainly inspired 14-year-old harpist Anna DeLoi in 2010. Back then, Anna shared a chilling tale and a riveting performance that's bound to get you ready for the spookiest of seasons. Check it out on this week's installment of our short-form series of amazing FTT moments from the archives.

    • 7 min
    Danse Macabre, 13-year-old Violinist, & More

    Danse Macabre, 13-year-old Violinist, & More

    A piano duo plays Saint-Saëns' thrilling Danse Macabre, a teenage violinist performs Jessie Montgomery's "Peace" and reflects on a stunning experience deep in a cave in Virginia, we also hear from a winner of the prestigious Junior Sphinx competition.

    • 59 min
    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

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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