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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Teen Saxophonist and the Cincinnati Pops

Corey Dundee, who is now a member of the award winning Kenari Quartet, appeared on From the Top as a teenager. Here his teen performance of Russell Peck's "The Upward Stream" with the Cincinnati Pops under the direction of Erich Kunzel

Teen Saxophonist and the Cincinnati Pops

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Beethoven to Bluegrass

This week we hear a mambo for harp, one of Debussy's earliest works, a Spiritual arranged by composer Margaret Bonds, and a fiddle finale with a 12-year-old national champion. Violinist Tessa Lark joins as co-host.

Beethoven to Bluegrass

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Prokofiev Performed by the Swim Team Captain

This week's short form podcast features a 17-year-old pianist performing an excerpt from Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 1 and her swim-team coach chimes in to rave about her performance in the pool.

Prokofiev Performed by the Swim Team Captain

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Mozart, Chopin, & A Young Composer

A pair of sisters from New York deliver a brilliant performance of Mozart. They're joined by a 16-year-old pianist playing Chopin, a talented young composer, and a violist who shares her powerful experiences with synesthesia.

Mozart, Chopin, & A Young Composer

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14-year-old Harpist's Spooky Serenade

Horror movies can definitely inspire a great classical music performance. They certainly inspired 14-year-old harpist Anna DeLoi in 2010. Back then, Anna shared a chilling tale and a riveting performance that's bound to get you ready for the spookiest of seasons. Check it out on this week's installment of our short-form series of amazing FTT moments from the archives.

14-year-old Harpist's Spooky Serenade

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Danse Macabre, 13-year-old Violinist, & More

A piano duo plays Saint-Saëns' thrilling Danse Macabre, a teenage violinist performs Jessie Montgomery's "Peace" and reflects on a stunning experience deep in a cave in Virginia, we also hear from a winner of the prestigious Junior Sphinx competition.

Danse Macabre, 13-year-old Violinist, & More

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Spanish Guitar Music from the Archives

In 2002, then 18-year-old guitarist Gohar Vardanyan treated our audiences to a inspired performance of Spanish guitar music and a funny story about her dad. 19 years later, we're revisiting that moment as part of our new short-form series of amazing FTT moments from the archives.

Spanish Guitar Music from the Archives

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Chopin Piano Sonata, Rachmaninoff, & More

The young violist on this week's show actually built his own instrument. Hear that story alongside dazzling performances of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Jessie Montgomery and more.

Chopin Piano Sonata, Rachmaninoff, & More

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12-year-old's Homage to European Folk Music

In 2001, 12-year-old composer Sebastian Chang shared his brilliant music with us. Twenty years later, his compositions are now performed by orchestras around the world. Hear Sebastian's early days as a composer as part of our new short-form series of amazing FTT moments from the archives.

12-year-old's Homage to European Folk Music

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Powerful Chopin, A Teen Guitarist from Iran, and Paganini for Two Young Pianists

Featuring some of the most exciting performances from the past few seasons, this program features a powerful performance of a Chopin's Sonata; a moving story from a teenage guitarist who fled Iran for religious reasons, and a showy and charismatic performance of the Carmen Fantasy by a 16-year-old violinist.

Powerful Chopin, A Teen Guitarist from Iran, and Paganini for Two Young Pianists

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