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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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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.

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.

From the Top​, America’s largest platform celebrating the voices and talents of America’s brightest young classical musicians, has named pianist ​Peter Dugan​ as permanent host for its nationally-distributed NPR radio      program, beginning with the 2020-2021 season.

Internationally recognized pianist Orli Shaham showcases young musicians from Bowdoin College, Maine. Here are aspiring young musicians and Orli Shaham from Studzinski Recital Hall. Tune in on 2/2, Sunday 5:00 PM

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2/2        Guest host pianist Orli Shaham leads this week’s episode from Bowdoin College in Maine with a dynamic sibling-guitar-duo from California and a sensational teenage pianist performing Brahms.

This month we'll meet this teenage bassoonist from Venezuela who performs on an encore program from Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Room (1/26).

On the December 29th broadcast guest host Vijay Gupta and co-host Michelle Cann will introduce us to the San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra.

12/1      From Smith Center in Las Vegas we hear a piano duo perform an electrifying piece for four-hands, a teenage guitarist shares his incredibly moving story about fleeing from his home country to study music in America, and a 13-year-old violinist wows the audience with two high-flying pieces.

Film & television actor Damon Gupton, is also a conductor, and now the guest host for From the Top (11/24).  He stopped by the studios of Interlochen Public Radio to record this brief interview about the experience of conducting the student ensembles.

The October 20th broadcast celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Walnut Hil School for the Arts, an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12.

Pianist and MacArthur Genius Jeremy serves as guest host on 9/8, and we'll spend some time in Texas at the Music Eductor's Conference and the Texas State International Piano Festival.