From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley: Classical Music Podcast 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.
From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

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From the Top Alum, Conrad Tao

Chris and Conrad talk about Conrad's vibrant early career as a composer and pianist.

From the Top Alum, Conrad Tao

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Show 342 | Santa Barbara CA

From Santa Barbara, California, this week's From the Top features fantastic musicians who are studying at the prestigious Music Academy of the West, which celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year. We'll hear a young pianist triumphantly perform one of Rachmaninoff's most complex pieces for the piano, a teenage violinist recounts a life-changing realization, and we feature a world-premiere of "Asymptotes", a newly commissioned work for clarinet, viola, and piano from composer and From the Top alum, Conrad Tao.

Show 342 | Santa Barbara CA

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A brilliant teen guitarist who is a refugee from Iran shares his music & story.

Parsa Sabet Rasekhi talks with host Christopher O'Riley about his journey to America and then performs his own composition, "Snowflight."

A brilliant teen guitarist who is a refugee from Iran shares his music & story.

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Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

Recorded live in Las Vegas for the very first time, this week's episode of From the Top comes from the Smith Center and features an outstanding cast of young musicians from Nevada and beyond. A piano duo performs an electrifying piece for four-hands, a teenage guitarist shares his incredibly moving story about fleeing from his home country to study music in America, and a 13-year-old violinist wows the audience with two high-flying pieces.

Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

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Piano Geek Discussion 1

O'Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks.

Piano Geek Discussion 1

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Show 341 | Los Angeles CA

From a studio in Bridge Recording in Los Angeles, California, this week's From the Top has a decidedly more intimate feel. Featuring an all-California lineup, we enjoy two exciting performances by a young, award-winning violinist, a teenage pianist shares how he found joy while performing when he learned to just let go, and an outstanding violist performs a heartfelt interpretation Brahms's Sonata for Viola and Piano.

Show 341 | Los Angeles CA

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The Rise of the Sax Quartet

Host Christopher O'Riley speaks with a teen saxophone quartet and their coach about the growing popularity of saxophone quartet music and why sax quartets are so versatile.

The Rise of the Sax Quartet

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Show 350 | San Antonio TX

From the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas, this week's inspiring recording of From the Top features a fantastic line-up of all-Texas performers alongside special guests Black Violin! We'll meet a young bassoonist who's willing and able to play any instrument his band director needs covered, an award-winning saxophone quartet performs an exquisite piece by Guillermo Lago, and all the young performers join guests Black Violin on stage for their fun reimagining of "Simple Gifts" by Joseph Brackett.

Show 350 | San Antonio TX

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Show 340 | Atlanta GA

This week From the Top comes from the Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. In honor of that setting, the young performers celebrate Jewish themed music and the music of Jewish composers. We'll hear a teenage violinist perform Ravel's gorgeous Kaddish, a wonderful Atlanta-based youth choir sings a piece by a contemporary Jewish composer, and we'll meet a young guitar player who is one part Texan and one part Israeli.

Show 340 | Atlanta GA

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Chris talks Armenian music with superb teen violinist

Host Christopher O'Riley discusses great Armenian music with the young Armenian violinist, Haig Hovsepian

Chris talks Armenian music with superb teen violinist

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