Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, & Florence Price : From the Top A late Beethoven piano sonata is performed by a teenage pianist. He's joined by a string quartet made up entirely of siblings, a talented 16-year-old violinist, and a cellist who shares a moving performance of Rachmaninoff.

Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, & Florence Price

Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, & Florence Price

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Pianist Peter Dugan is back at Yamaha Artist Services in New York, New York with several musicians from this week's new episode of From the Top, including a fantastic teenage cellist performing Rachmaninoff's emotional Elegy, Op. 3 No. 1. We hear the moving story of a young Venezuelan flutist, with a rich musical background, and meet a young, all-sibling string quartet who share their contagious laughter and a stunning presentation of a rarely performed Florence Price piece.

Teenage cellist Christy Choi joins our host, pianist Peter Dugan, for a moving performance of Rachmaninoff's Elégie, Op. 3 No. 1.


18-year-old pianist Tyler Kim from Temecula, California kicks off the programperforming Beethoven's Sonata No. 30 in E Major Mvmts. 1 & 2, Op. 109. He shares his new hobby of building computers and his interest in learning about neuroscience.

From the Yamaha Artist Services space in New York, New York, Peter Dugan collaborates with cellist Christy Choi, 18, from Tenafly, New Jersey on Elegie, Op. 3 No. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (transcribed by A. Vlasov). Christy has been awarded From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and she speaks with Peter about a meaningful memory of playing for her grandmother's nursing home and describes how she balances stress with optimism and music.

Our segment from Yamaha Services continues with 16-year-old violinist Hannah Park from Tenafly, New Jersey, a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient. She performs Wieniawski's Polonaise Brilliante in D Major, Op. 435 with Peter Dugan. Hannah shares her interest in learning about the history and culture of music.

17-year-old flutist Rodrigo Rodriguez, a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient, shares his memories of growing up in Venezuela, immersed in music and family, and describes his family's journey to move to America. From his home in Kissimee, Florida, Rodrigo collaborates with his father Vladimir on El Avispero by Beto Valderrama Patiño.

The program closes with the energetic and talented Stars Aligned Siblings, the Breshears family quartet: Dustin, violin, 14; Starla, cello, 13; Valery, violin, 11; and Colin, viola, 8 -- from San Francisco, California performing String Quartet No. 2, Mvmt 1 by Florence Price. Dustin and Valery Breshears have been awarded From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. The siblings share some of their favorite "pandemic distractions" – ranging from Alf to Stratego.

This episode is sponsored by a generous gift from Arthur M. Winn and Family. To learn more about From the Top and this week's performers, please visit