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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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Show 374 / The Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival

From the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival in Dallas, Texas, this docu-style From the Top features the 6 semi-finalist of the competition and the astounding first prize winner.

Show 374 from the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival

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Show 373 / San Marcos, TX

Featuring concert pianist, Simone Dinnerstein as guest host, this program, recorded at the Texas State International Piano Festival, features outstanding young musicians showcasing the piano and the many ways its configured in classical music.

Show 373 / San Marcos, TX

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Pianist Jeremy Denk peforms with 3 powerhouse FTT alums

Pianist Jeremy Denk performs the "Rondo alla Zingarase" from Brahm's first piano quartet with three powerhouse From the Top alums: violinist Robyn Bollinger, violist Matthew Lipman and cellist, Gabriel Cabezas.

Jeremy Denk performs with 3 powerhouse alums

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Episode 372 / Hanover, NH

From Hanover, New Hampshire, this episode guest hosted by pianist Jeremy Denk, features a young violist who's also the photographer for the University of Miami Football team,a cellist who's this year's junior winner of the Sphinx Competition for African American and Latino Musicians ... and a world premier concerto.

From the Top 372 / Hanover, NH

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Pianist George Li Performs "Carmen"

Alumni pianist, George Li performs Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Opera "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz.

Pianist George Li performs "Carmen"

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"Loopy" – by violinist and guest host, Charles Yang

Charles Yang along with pianist Peter Dugan and 16-year-old guitarist Gwenyth Aggeler perform "Loopy" by Charles Yang.

"Loopy" – by violinist and guest host, Charles Yang

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Show 371 | LaJolla CA

From La Jolla, California, this week's From the Top features renowned violinist and social justice advocate VijayGupta as guest host. Along with co-host Michelle Cann, they'll introduce us to the incredible San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, a young cellist who shares how studying the cello has helped him stand up for what he believes in, and a pianist who was a prize winner in Russia's famous Tchaikovsky Competition.

Show 371 | LaJolla CA

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Show 370 from Atlanta Feat. Lara Downes

From The Breman Museum in Atlanta, this week's From the Top is a special program celebrating Jewish contributions to classical music featuring concert pianist Lara Downes as our guest host. We'll hear a 14-year-old share what it's like to grow up in a Korean and Jewish household, a new piece by a Jewish-American teenage composer gets its broadcast debut, and a spectacular 18-year-old clarinetist performs a movement from Leonard Bernstein's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.

Show 370 from Atlanta Feat. Lara Downes

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Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Valse Triste

Guest host Leila Josefowicz introduces and performs "Valse Triste" by Jean Sibelius, her break piece recorded during "From the Top Episode 369 with pianist Michelle Cann.

Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Valse Triste

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Show 369: Feat. Guest Host & Violinist Leila Josefowicz

From the famed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, this episode of From the Top is guest hosted by renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz with co-host Michelle Cann. We meet a teenage violinist who talks about the struggle of coping with very high expectations, a 14-year-old pianist flies over the keys while performing Chopin, and for the first time, both hosts of the program perform together with two young musicians for Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time."

Show 369: Feat. Guest Host & Violinist Leila Josefowicz

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