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  • We invite you to experience the exquisite sounds of 16-year-old pianist Leyla Kabuli in this stunning and moving new video by filmmaker Nathan D. Lee. Leyla plays selections from a piece called “Black Earth,” written by Turkish composer Fazil Say. There’s a lot more we could say about this video, including information about the composer, Leyla […]

  • 25-year-old clarinetist Christopher Pell appeared on From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley on Show 196, recorded in May 2009. On the show, he received From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Here is what he has been up to since then, along with some of his thoughts on how the award has impacted his […]

  • 24-year-old cellist Khari Joyner appeared on From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley on Show 199, recorded in June 2009. On the show, he received From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Here is what Khari has been up to since then, along with some of his thoughts on how the award has impacted his […]

  • Happy Independence Day! For this July 4th, we took the Sempre Sisters out into Boston to perform a virtuosic take on the classic patriotic tune, Yankee Doodle. We love this video because the joy and passion these two From the Top alums put into their performance are wonderfully contagious. Fair warning though: the tune is […]

  • 24-year-old flutist Chaz Salazar appeared on From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley most recently on Show 208, recorded in January 2010. Previously he appeared on Show 191, recorded in November 2008. In conjunction with his first performance on the show in 2008, he received From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Here is what he […]

  • 23-year-old trumpeter Ansel Norris appeared on From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley on Show 191, recorded in November 2008. On the show, he received From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Here is what he has been up to since then, along with some of his thoughts on how the award has impacted his […]

  • 22-year-old harpist Sage Po appeared on From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley on Show 199, recorded in June 2009. On the show, she received From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Here is what she has been up to since then, along with some of her thoughts on how the award has impacted her […]

  • Did you know that there are other ways for young musicians to be part of From the Top beyond being on our radio show? Here in our hometown of Boston, we offer a unique leadership program called the Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (CDAL). More than 50 young musicians joined this past year (meet […]

  • If there’s one thing that all From the Top musicians and fans can appreciate, it’s the many… ahem…productive hours spent in practice rooms. How many of these have you experienced? Pianist 11-year-old Michael Karshis (you might remember Michael as a certain Star Wars villain in another recent video) Director Tim Banker Producer Mark Williams Director […]

  • On May 10, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu announced approval of more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. From the Top is proud to be an Art Works award recipient. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and […]

  • From the Top alum and staffer Matthew Dykeman is on the ground in Miami for a week-long residency with local schools. He’s sent back these reports (here and here). On his last day there, he wrote this final post…enjoy! Folks, let me give you some statistics: 250 students, age 5-18 5 schools 44 mammoth pizzas 1 […]

  • From the Top alum and staff member Matthew Dykeman is on the ground in Miami at a week-long residency. He’s blogging about his experience – you can read his first post here. This is quickly turning into one of the most awesome experiences I’ve had in my life. As the appointed “Pizza Czar” (I tried […]

  • By Matthew Dykeman, From the Top alum and staff member Greetings from sunny Miami – the weather is…ahh, delightful. Beyond the weather, the energy down here is incredible. As part of From the Top’s Miami Arts Leadership Residency, myself and three other Arts Leaders have been talking to area schools about the power of music under […]

  • 24-year-old violinist Karen Cueva appeared on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley Show 187, recorded in October 2008, at age 17. In conjunction with her performance on the show, she also received From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Karen considers herself to be both a violinist and an educator who is passionate about issues of […]

  • On May 16, fans of From the Top will gather at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the 2016 From the Top gala, raising funds to support our arts education, media, and outreach programs. We pride ourselves on throwing a pretty incredible party, with astonishing live music, wonderful food, and one of the […]

  • A Tale of Two Toppers
    Apr 1, 2016

    After being on From the Top, Tommy Topper went to college at NEC, won several competitions, and then brought music lessons to shelter dogs in Ontario. And then there’s Tanya Topper… We haven’t heard anything from Tanya Topper. She’s probably doing amazing things, but we’re not sure what they are because we haven’t heard from […]

  • APRIL FOOLS! No, we are in fact NOT sending musicians into space for an intergalactic concerto competition. We discussed the possibilities, but unfortunately the Intergalactic Alliance has since disbanded due to heated disagreements regarding what kind of cheese was best for moon construction. What we DO have is a list of awesome opportunities that we […]

  • Noah and Sydney Lee hail from Oakland, New Jersey, and are a brother and sister duo with some serious cello skills. They’ve both been on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley (Noah on Shows 310 and 241), and Sydney on Show 249), but it’s safe to say you’ve never seen or heard them quite like this: The filmmaker, Dillon […]

  • There are no manuals for how to become a great cellist. It can’t be learned on YouTube. It requires hard work and immense dedication, and it also requires a teacher, one human, who will pour his/her soul into giving musicians the tools to find their own expressions of their own souls. What a thing that is! It’s the ultimate example […]

  • Violist Kallie Ciechomski first appeared on From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley in 2006. She sent us this update: enjoy! My first appearance on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley was on Show 136 in 2006, as a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. The $10,000 scholarship and the opportunity to perform […]