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

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


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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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Shostakovich, an 11-year-old Guitarist, & New Music

Charismatic violinist Charles Yang co-hosts a program that features a cheerful 11-year-old guitarist, a spirited performance of Shostakovich, and an imaginative 18-year-old's new music for quartet.


Brahms, Gershwin, & Rachmaninoff with Pianist Orli Shaham

Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue is a favorite of many, and this week we have a brilliant performance of this work by two young marimba players. Listen also for a 14-year-old pianist performing Rachmaninoff, and a stunning performance of Brahms by a young violist. Guest Hosted by Orli Shaham.


Mozart, Liszt, and more with Pianist Orli Shaham

Pianist Orli Shaham returns to host From the Top and shares her Mozart expertise with two young musicians. We also meet a 14-year-old violinist with dreams of going to space, a dazzling young pianist who performs Liszt, and a teenage flutist who discusses her passion for the Supreme Court.


Vijay Gupta performs Gluck with Peter Dugan

Violinist Vijay Gupta and pianist Peter Dugan perform "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" from Orfeo and Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck. This performance was recorded as part of From the Top episode 386 produced at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.


Vijay Gupta and Peter Dugan host from Beverly Hills, California

Violinist and social activist, Vijay Gupta co-hosts this program with pianist Peter Dugan. We hear A teenage saxophone quartet from Texas perform a thrilling piece of contemporary classical music from Brazil ... also the superb Los Angeles Children's Chorus performs the music of J.S. Bach ... and a 10-year-old pianist tackles the "Winter Wind" etude by Chopin.


From the Top Selects!

Host Peter Dugan takes us on a trip down memory lane to enjoy some of the most outstanding music and memorable interviews from the past couple of seasons. We'll meet a teenage violinist who has grown up off the grid in rural Indiana, a young pianist from Georgia performs a beautifully impressionistic work for solo piano by Alexandre Tansman, and a 12-year-old cellist performs the music of David Popper and then solves a Rubik's Cube, live, on-stage in under 19 seconds.


Anderson and Roe Host From the Top Part II

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, the pianists who make up the popular piano duo, "Anderson and Roe" guest host the second of two episodes recorded in Fairfax, Virginia. Greg and Elizabeth collaborate with young performers on the program including a rather philosophical 17-year-old violinist from Indiana and an extraordinary counter tenor from Massachusetts tells us how he realized he was a counter tenor and performs music by Handel.


Our Annual Where Are They Now Show

Featuring interviews with From the Top alumni and music they're making in their early professional careers, this program features an alum pianist who has released an album to raise money for the people of Flint, Michigan, the alum winner of last year's Queen Elizabeth Competition and an alum baritone who just won his first Grammy.


"Blanket Fort II" - Fantastic Home Studio Performances

Hosted by pianist Peter Dugan this is From the Top's second "Blanket Fort" show. Created during the quarantine of the Covid19 crisis, this episode features young musicians recording themselves in their own homes (in makeshift studios or "Blanket Forts") under From the Top's supervision and it features long distance musical collaborations. Performers include one of the youngest classical guitarists From the Top has ever featured and a teenage composer who discovered his love for music during...


Peter Dugan Performs 'Jupiter' By Holst

Pianist and From the Top host, Peter Dugan, performs his own piano arrangement of the "Jupiter" movement from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst.


The First Ever "Blanket Fort" Show

In response to the Covid 19 pandemic and the required social distancing, this episode hosted by pianist Peter Dugan features our young performers recording in their own homes under From the Top's guidance and even doing some long-distance musical collaborations with Peter Dugan


Anderson and Roe host From the Top

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, the two pianists that make up the piano duo Anderson and Roe, host this week's From the Top. The first of two From the Top programs recorded in Fairfax, Virginia, both Greg and Liz collaborate with the young musicians on the program.


The Fantastic Paquito D'Rivera joins From the Top / Show 383

Show 383, From New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston and co-hosted by 14-Time Grammy Award winning clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera along with pianist Peter Dugan features collaborations between Maestro D'Rivera and From the Top's Young Musicians.


Peter Dugan Digs into the Archive

This episode features beautiful music and interviews selected out of From the Top's 20 year deep archive including a rambunctious performance by a 14-year-old pianist, a young bassoonist who shares the moving story of falling in love with the bassoon during difficult times ... and the National Youth Orchestra of America performs the music of Leonard Bernstein.


Show 382 / Gardner Museum with Peter Dugan

From the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, this week's program, hosted by pianist Peter Dugan includes a 12-year-old cellist performing David Popper and fiery Spanish music performed by a 15-year-old guitarist.


Show 381 with Elena Urioste and Peter Dugan

From Key West, Florida and co-hosted by pianist Peter Dugan and violinist Elena Urioste this program features a clarinet quartet from Miami and a jaw dropping performance by a 12-year-old from Ohio.


Show 378 / Morristown II with Peter Dugan

Hosted by Peter Dugan, this week's From the Top comes from Morristown, New Jersey and features a fiery teenage cellist and a high school choir with a deep unified sound.


Show 377 / Morristown 1 with Peter Dugan

Show 377, the first of two shows in Morristown, New Jersey with host Peter Dugan


Show 380 with pianist Orli Shaham

In our second 2019 episode from Portland, Maine, guest host, pianist Orli Shaham introduces us to a fantastic crew of young musicians


Pianist Orli Shaham hosts From the Top Show 379

Pianist Orli Shaham hosts the first of two From the Top episodes in Portland, Maine.