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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Piano Geek Special_ O_Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks

Piano Geek Special_ O_Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks

Piano Geek Special_ O_Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks

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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 Future of Classical Music – with Maestra JoAnn Falletta and Christopher O_Riley

The Future of Classical Music – with Maestra JoAnn Falletta and Christopher O_Riley

The Future of Classical Music – with Maestra JoAnn Falletta and Christopher O_Riley

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Show 333 | Buffalo NY

From Buffalo, New York this week's episode features some of the best young musicians in the country performing concerto repertoire with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta. A 15-year-old pianist performs a frothy piano concerto movement by Beethoven, a teenage cellist, who's parents are actually players in the orchestra, performs Shostakovich ... and the Buffalo Phil plays a new work by an 18-year-old composer.

Show 333 | Buffalo NY

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Chris talks career and music with award winning composer and alum, Conrad Tao

Chris talks career and music with award winning composer and alum, Conrad Tao

Chris talks career and music with award winning composer and 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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Show 332 Bonus Content Podcast

Show 332 Bonus Content Podcast

Show 332 Bonus Content Podcast

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Show 332 | Austin TX

From Austin, Texas, this week's From the Top features a nuanced and emotional performance of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G Sharp Minor, opus 32 by a 14-year-old pianist from California, we'll meet a teenage oboist local to Austin who's also been a world champion knife thrower ... and a young percussionist from Denver performs a mesmerizing piece on the marimba.

Show 332 | Austin TX

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O_Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian

O_Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian

O_Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian

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Show 340 | Atlanta GA

This week From the Top visits the recital hall of 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 hear a story from a young guitar player about his life as one part Texan and one part Israeli.

Show 340 | Atlanta GA

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