From the Top: Classical Music Podcast 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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Juneteenth Special

Special guest Kevin Olusola co-hosts this commemoration of Juneteenth featuring outstanding young Black musicians performing works by Florence Price, Coleridge-Taylor, Sam Cooke and more.

Juneteenth Special

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Liszt, A 10-year-old Pianist, & New Music

Some of the most fun music written for violin is performed brilliantly by a 15-year-old violinist. Also on the program, a talented 10-year-old pianist, and young musicians performing exciting new repertoire.

Liszt, A 10-year-old Pianist, & New Music

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Shostakovich Preludes, Schumann Fantasy Pieces, & Kreisler's Liebesfreud

A 15-year-old pianist performs the music of Shostakovich. She's joined by a teenage cellist performing Schumann, and a cellist who shares her experience rehearsing with an artificially intelligent piano.

Shostakovich Preludes, Schumann Fantasy Pieces, & Kreisler's Liebesfreud

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Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, & Florence Price

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

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Violinist Tessa Lark Joins Young Musicians for Bach, Dvorák, & more

GRAMMY-nominated violinist and From the Top Co-Host / Creative Tessa Lark joins Peter Dugan and a cohort of extraordinary teenage musicians in this episode. A 15-year-old violinist gets a coaching from Tessa and we hear performances of Bach, Chopin, Dvorák and more.

Violinist Tessa Lark Joins Young Musicians for Bach, Dvorák, & more

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Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

A teenage flutist's playful performance of Carmen Fantasie kicks off this week's program. We also meet a precocious group of young musicians playing the music of Bach, Chopin, and Cahuzac.

Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

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A Haydn Concerto, A Virtuosic Teenage Cellist, and an Homage to Bach

A brilliant young trumpeter performs the music of Haydn. He's joined by a 15-year-old cellist performing a classic showpiece, a talented teenage piano duo from Hawaii, and two young musicians with deeply expressive solo performances.

A Haydn Concerto, A Virtuosic Teenage Cellist, and an Homage to Bach

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A Schumann Quartet, music by Coleridge-Taylor and musical entrepreneurs

It's our "Where are They Now" show where we find out what alumni of From the Top have been doing lately and hear their fantastic music. We revisit two alums who are part of the award winning Calidore String Quartet, speak to a harpist who's founded her own non-profit and enjoy a thrilling new work for cello.

A Schumann Quartet, music by Coleridge-Taylor and musical entrepreneurs

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A Honolulu Sister Duo, a Teenage Harpist & a World Premiere

Two sisters from Hawaii kick off the program with the virtuosic music of Sarasate, we enjoy an expressive performance of Villa-Lobos by a young cellist, a stunning harp-piano duo, and the world premiere of a teenage composer's work for string quartet.

A Honolulu Sister Duo, a Teenage Harpist & a World Premiere

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Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, a Beethoven Sonata & More

The victorious finale from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite is performed by a teenage pianist. He's joined by a talented 14-year-old performing Beethoven, and a young violinist whose musical roots span two continents.

Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, a Beethoven Sonata & More

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