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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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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