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From the Top

Sundays, 5 to 6pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at

NPR's From the Top features amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary classically-trained young musicians from across the country. 

Each weekly one-hour broadcast features virtuosic performances with pre-collegiate musicians, along with pre-produced segments and lighthearted sketches that reveal the heart and soul of these amazing kids.

An on-site live performance of From the Top is a "complete package" demonstrating the power of classical music through broadcasts, live events, education programs, and more.  Rochester has hosted From the Top three times and we are always excited when students from the greater Rochester area appear on the program.  


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From the Top, the show that highlights outstanding young musicians, is holding  “live” virtual auditions for high school seniors on November 13 and 14, who are applying for the December 4th scholarship deadline.  Here are some of the great young musicians that will appear on the November 2020 broadcasts.

The Quantum Saxophone Quartet from Hebron High School in Dallas, performed Memory from Nepomuk’s Dances by Marcelo Zarvos (b. 1969) in Beverly Hills, California on March 4, 2020.  Comprised of GianCarlo Lay, 16, from Carrollton, Texas, Ekdev Rajkitkul, 17, from Frisco, Texas, Austin Dreyer, 18, from Carrollton, Texas and  Peyton Joffre, 18, they were the Silver Medal winners of the Fischoff Competition’s Junior Wind Division in 2019. We'll hear them on the 10/4 episode.

Latin jazz clarinetist and composer Paquito D'Rivera is the special guest on the Sun 9/6/20 broadcast.

This month we'll enjoy two performances from the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME (8/9 & 8/16), both with guest host Orli Shaham.

This month From the Top presents two shows from the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, NJ, featuring an organ transcription of Jupiter from The Planets by Gustav Holst. (7/19 broadcast) Peter Dugan hosts.

It's another "Blanket Fort" show with young musicians recording their own performances remotely from their homes on the June 7th episode.

Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Roe, of the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo, co-host From the Top on May 17th. They'll pair up with another piano duo for an eight hand arrangement of Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King

NPR Music producers are dealing challenges that, thanks to technology, can be addressed in creative ways.  Here is what the producers of NPR's From the Top are planning for upcoming months.

Taichi Warrior of Erhu with From the Top, April 2020

Mar 16, 2020

The erhu is a two-stringed instrument played with a bow. It is sometimes known as a Southern fiddle, a Chinese Violin, or a Chinese two-stringed fiddle. This month on From the Top, the Erhu will be featured as a young erhu player performs Taichi Warrior of Erhu by Chen Jun. (4/19)

From the Top alum Molly Yeh went on to study percussion at Juilliard. During her studies in New York, she fell in love with food and now works as a chef and has published several cookbooks. This month, she returns to host From the Top on 3/15.

3/1        Hosted by pianist Peter Dugan, this documentary style episode of From the Top features six of the 23 young pianists (age 13 to 17) chosen to participate in two weeks of high-level competition and intense artistic development at the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival in Dallas, Texas.