Show 335 | Danville KY

From Danville, Kentucky, this week's From the Top features a 10-year-old violinist performing the music of Edward Elgar — she also shares some colorful stories of growing up in Kentucky with her 6 siblings. Also on the program, a beautifully detailed classical guitar performance by a young man from South Carolina and Chopin performed by a talented teenager from Massachusetts.

Show 335 | Danville KY

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Show 339 Bonus Content

18-year-old pianist and composer, Andrew Guo and host Christopher O'Riley discuss the compositional assignment that inspired his piece "7 Images for Piano."

Show 339 Bonus Content

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Show 339 | Miami FL

This week's From the Top comes from Miami, Florida where we got to hear a talented local teenager perform the music of Schumann and enjoy his stories of growing up in the Cuban community of Miami. Also featured on the show is an eleven-year-old pianist who performs two works by Chopin, and a violinist performs the beautiful and dramatic second movement from César Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano.

Show 339 | Miami FL

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A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel

16-year-old pianist, CoCo Ma reads segments of her YA novel to host Christopher O'Riley and performs the music of Ginastera.

A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel

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Show 338 | New York NY

This week's From the Top from Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Room will feature, for only the second time in From the Top's history, a teenage counter-tenor. He performs two beautiful art songs with his teenage guitar-playing collaborator. Also on the program, a piece by a young composer is given its radio premiere by a quintet of From the Top alums, and a 16-year-old pianist who could give Yuja wang a run for her money performs a fiery piece by Alberto Ginastera.

Show 338 | New York NY

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Listening to every single piece by Beethoven

Host Christopher O'Riley and teenage cellist Gabriel Martins discuss deep listening, Beethoven and Bach.

Listening to every single piece by Beethoven

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Show 347 | McLean VA

From McLean, Virginia, this week's program features a wild performance by 14-year-old violist who tackles a piece written by Hindemith with the extraordinary tempo marking of 600-640 beats per minute... a tender performance of the song "Pure Imagination" from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory performed on the marimba ... and we'll hear how studying music helped one young musician grow up and cope with Tourette's Syndrome.

Show 347 | McLean VA

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The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore

Featuring violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang with bassist Ranaan Meyer, trio "Time for Three" performs their original tune titled "Joy."

The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore

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Show 346 | Boston MA

From our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, this show features internationally renowned special guests Time for Three alongside extraordinary young musicians from Boston and beyond! We enjoy a movement of Beethoven's Piano Trio in E-flat major performed by 3 musicians under the age of 13, a teenage cellist opens up about how performing Schumann has helped her express herself, and Time for Three joins for a hauntingly beautiful sextet before ending the program with their rousing arrangement of "Bittersweet Symphony" by the band, The Verve.

Show 346 | Boston MA

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Living with mental illness as a teen while pursuing great achievement in music

Host Christopher O'Riley and 17-year-old flutist Alison Addie discuss her recovery from jaw surgery, living with mental illness and the music of Robert Muczynski.

Living with mental illness as a teen while pursuing great achievement in music

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Show 355 | New York NY

From Carnegie Hall's beautiful Weill Music Room in New York City, this week's From the Top brings together a line up of fantastic young musicians from across the nation and beyond. We hear an 11-year-old violinist from New York stunningly perform Hubay's Carmen Fantasie Brillante, we meet a pianist from Los Angeles who views performing as a form of service, and a teenage bassoonist from Venezuela, now studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, dazzles the audience with his mature musicality and virtuosity.

Show 355 | New York NY

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Dynamics and Being Musically Conscious, a rehearsal Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8

Christopher O'Riley coaches 17-year-old violinist Oliver Leitner

Dynamics and Being Musically Conscious, a rehearsal Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8

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Show 345 | Reno NV

From the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno, Nevada, this week's From the Top features a local 18-year-old violinist who's had an asteroid named after him, a young pianist thrills the audience with a piece by Ginastera, and the winners of the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition performs Bartok.

Show 345 | Reno NV

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A Young Composer Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

Christopher O'Riley interviews teenage composer Alistair Coleman about his piece "Images from Falling Water."

A Young Composer Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

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Show 353 | San Francisco CA

From the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, this week's episode of From the Top features a teenage composer's beautiful piece that was inspired by Andrew Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece Fallingwater, a young violinist shares how she hasn't missed a single day of practicing yet, and a classical guitarist performs Bach.

Show 353 | San Francisco CA

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Interview with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Christopher O'Riley asks Zhou Long about his his past growing up in China's during the cultural revolution and the influence of American culture on his work.

Interview with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music

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Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

From East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, this week's From the Top features more than 100 young musicians from across Mainland China in their first ever public performance as the National Youth Orchestra of China under the direction of Maestro Ludovic Morlot. We hear the full ensemble perform "Rhyme of Taigu" by Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer Zhou Long, a young clarinetist shares how he fell in love with the clarinet's sound at his first concert, and five members of the ensemble perform the energetic first movement of Francis Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet with Christopher O'Riley.

Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

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Eduard Degas inspires a young composer

Christopher O'Riley interviews 17-year-old composer, Esther Ollivier

Eduard Degas inspires a young composer

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Show 354 | Los Angeles CA

From Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, this week's From the Top features From the Top's young musicians soloing with the world renown Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Paolo Bortolameolli. The LA Phil performs a new work by a teenage composer, we meet a 12-year-old violinist who thinks of her performance as if it were a very athletic figure skating routine and a young bassoonist gracefully performs Mozart.

Show 354 | Los Angeles CA

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10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop

Christopher O'Riley interviews conductor, Marin Alsop.

10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop

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Show 343 | Purchase NY

From Purchase, New York, this week's From the Top highlights the 115 incredible young musicians that make up Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA. Featured on the program are four performances by the full ensemble under renowned conductor Marin Alsop including an adrenaline-inducing performance of John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and a newly-commissioned work by composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

Show 343 | Purchase NY

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What a classical violinist can learn from Gypsy Jazz.

Christopher O'RIley and teenage violinist, John Fawcett talk about nuanced bowing technique.

What a classical violinist can learn from Gypsy Jazz.

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Show 352 | Berkeley CA

From the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, this week's From the Top features the winning ensemble of KDFC's Local Vocals High School Choir Sing-Off and, at 120 singers, it's the largest choir ever featured on the program. We also meet a 17-year-old pianist who talks about the difficulty of preparing for competitions without a piano, and a young string quartet performs the rhapsodic first movement of Debussy's string quartet in G major, Op. 10.

Show 352 | Berkeley CA

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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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