From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

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From the Top, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.More from From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley »

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Show 324 | New York NY

From New York City, this week's program features a fiery performance of the music of Argentinian composer, Alberto Ginastera performed by a 16-year-old cellist from New York, a young oboist shares some beautiful thoughts about his Honduran immigrant parents and what they've taught him, and an unusually self motivated teenage piano trio, organized with no coaching or assistance from any adults delivers a wonderfully nuanced performance of Beethoven's Piano Trio in C minor.

Show 324 | New York NY

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Show 323 | Idyllwild CA

From Idyllwild, California this week's From the Top features the excellent students studying at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. We hear a wonderful young cellist from China perform the music of Schumann, we'll meet a self-described "flute playing country boy" from rural Oklahoma ... and we'll enjoy a brand new piece for string octet commissioned by the Idyllwild Arts Academy on the occasion of the school's 70th anniversary.

Show 323 | Idyllwild CA

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Show 322 | Davis CA

From Davis, California, this week's From the Top features a teenage pianist who has already achieved international recognition for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach ... we'll enjoy Ravel's "Tzigane" performed by an extraordinary young violinist from Southern California ... and we'll meet a young cellist with a moving story about the sacrifices his whole family has made in support of his musical dreams.

Show 322 | Davis CA

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Show 321 | Lake Jackson TX

From Lake Jackson, Texas, this week's From the Top features an energetic 11-year-old pianist from Texas performing the music of Mendelssohn, we'll hear a brand new work for four cellos written by a brilliant teenage composer from Pennsylvania, and we'll meet a very confident young trumpet player who thrives on the pressure of playing a brass instrument—he loves the challenge that, because the instrument is so loud, everyone can hear any mistake he might make. Not surprisingly, this young player makes very few.

Show 321 | Lake Jackson TX

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Show 320 from Lubbock, Texas

This week's episode features a 16-year-old pianist who is one of the few lucky students able to take lessons with the internationally-renowned concert pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. We'll hear from Maestro Thibaudet and enjoy the young pianist's superb performance. We'll also meet a young violinist from the city of Lubbock itself who performs the music of Spanish composer Manuel De Falla, and a teen cellist shares a moving story about nearly giving up his instrument and the mindset that brought him back to music.

Show 320 from Lubbock, Texas

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A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel

[PODCAST EXCLUSIVE] This week, we were privileged to speak with a particularly multitalented individual: pianist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient, Coco Ma. Coco, a Julliard pre-college student, talks about and reads selections from her upcoming young adult novel "The Blood of Shadows". Yep, you read that correctly. 16-year-old Coco Ma has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and still found the time to write a novel. [UPDATE] Read what exciting developments took place after this recording on our website: http://bit.ly/CocoNovel

A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel

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Show 338 from Carnegie Hall in New York, NY

For the second time in the show's history, this week's From the Top from Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Room will feature a teenage counter-tenor and his guitar-playing collaborator for two beautiful art songs. Also on the program, a piece by a teenage composer is given its radio premiere by a quintet of From the Top alums, and a 16-year-old pianist who could give Yuja wang a run for her money performs a fiery piece by Alberto Ginastera.

Show 338 from Carnegie Hall in New York, NY

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Show 337 from York, Pennsylvania

This week's episode features outstanding young musicians soloing with the York Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Lawrence Golan. Meet the performers: ||:ANDREW MAZANKO – CLARINET:|| Andrew, 19, hails from Sovetsky, Russia and now attends Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He performs Rondo from Concerto No. 1, Op. 73 for Clarinet and Orchestra by Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826), with the York Symphony Orchestra. Learn More: http://bit.ly/337Andrew — ||:BEN DETRICK – VIOLIN:|| Ben is an alum of the show and began his musical studies in York, Pennsylvania. He performs Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók (1881-1945), with Christopher O'Riley, piano. Learn More: http://bit.ly/337Detrick — ||:ZOE LIN – CELLO:|| Zoe, 17, is from Palo Alto, CA and performs Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70 for Cello and Piano by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), with Christopher O'Riley, piano. Learn More: http://bit.ly/337Zoe — ||:BARON CAO – PIANO:|| Baron, 16, is from State College, Pennsylvania and performs Hungarian Rhapsody No.11 in A minor, S.244 by Franz Liszt (1811-1886). Learn More: http://bit.ly/337Baron — ||:DANIEL RAFIMAYERI – VIOLIN:|| Daniel, 16, is from New York City and performs II. Adagio from Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 for Violin and Orchestra, by Max Bruch (1838-1920), with the York Symphony Orchestra. Learn More: http://bit.ly/337Daniel — ||:THE YORK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:|| The York Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Golan performs Coriolan Overture, Op.62, by Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827). — ||:LEAVE US A RATING!:|| Whether you're a first-time listener or a long-time fan, we thank you for listening! If you're enjoying the podcast, please give us a rating in iTunes and leave a comment, we'd love to hear from you!

Show 337 from York, Pennsylvania

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Show 319 from San Jose, California

Can someone with very little resources teach themselves about classical music by watching YouTube videos and emerge as a successful and original composer? Absolutely – 18-year-old guitarist Gianfranco Baltazar is proof! Hear his story, original composition, and a host of incredible young performers on this week's NPR's From the Top from sunny San Jose, California. ||:TIFFANY WEE:|| 18-year-old violinist Tiffany Wee from Redlands, California, performs Banjo and Fiddle by William Kroll (1901-1980), with pianist Christopher O'Riley. http://bit.ly/319Tiffany ||:ANDREW MOSES:|| 16-year-old clarinetist Andrew Moses from Los Angeles, California, performs the third movement, Sultry Waltz, and the first movement, Bop, from "Grooves" by Philip Parker (b. 1953), with pianist Christopher O'Riley. http://bit.ly/319Andrew ||:GIANFRANCO BALTAZAR:|| 18-year-old composer and guitarist Gianfranco Baltazar, originally from Peru and now living in San Francisco, performs his own work, "Mi Lima Antano" for guitar, violin, viola, and cello. http://bit.ly/319Gianfranco ||:LEYLA KABULI:|| 16-year-old pianist Leyla Kabuli from Davis, California, performs "Black Earth" by Fazil Say (b. 1970). http://bit.ly/319Leyla ||:THE MONTE VISTA CHAMBER SINGERS:|| The Monte Vista Chamber Singers from Monte Vista High School in Danville, California, perform "Alleluia" by Jake Runestad (b. 1986) and "Rockin' Jerusalem," a traditional spiritual arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs (b. 1962.). http://bit.ly/319Singers ||:FINALE:|| Clarinetist Andrew Moses performs the third movement, Allegro con fuoco, from Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), with pianist Christopher O'Riley. http://bit.ly/319Andrew ||:RATE AND SUBSCRIBE:|| Whether you're a first-time listener or a long-time fan, we thank you for listening! If you're enjoying the podcast, please give us a rating in iTunes and leave a comment – we'd love to hear from you!

Show 319 from San Jose, California

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Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O'Riley coaches a young violinist

Before they walk on stage and before we ever hit record, our young musicians first rehearse their music with Host Christopher O'Riley. In this podcast-exclusive session, Christopher O'Riley coaches 14-year-old violinist Sena Cho through the finer points of: dynamic pacing collaborating with a pianist investing emotions in the music, and digging deeper into the 16th notes to ultimately create a fiery and engaging performance. The music: The first movement, Allegro molto ed appassionato, from Sonata No. 3, Op. 45 for Violin and Piano by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Full performance on our previous podcast episode, Show 336 | Longview, TX. About Sena Cho: Sena is from Irvine, CA and is a freshman in the California Virtual Academy. She currently studies at the Colburn Music Academy where she is in the studio of Robert Lipsett. She plays a 1665 Nicolo Amati violin on generous loan from the Mandell Collection of Southern California. To learn more about Sena and to listen to her two incredible performances on the show, check out our latest podcast episode, Show 336 | Longview, TX, or visit http://bit.ly/336Sena Whether you're a first-time listener or a long-time fan, thank you for listening! If you're enjoying the podcast, please give us a rating in iTunes and leave a comment, we'd love to hear from you! From the Top: https://www.fromthetop.org

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