From the Top

Sunday, 3 to 4 pm
  • Hosted by Christopher O'Riley

Pianist Christopher O'Riley hosts this showcase for talented young performers, in which they demonstrate their prodigious ability and reveal details of their non-musical lives, from sibling secrets to favorite foods.

Listen to podcasts of most recent episodes

The nationally syndicated public radio program From the Top features gifted young classical musicians from all over the country. They’re always super talented - and often very amusing as they chat with host Christopher O'Riley - which all adds up to great radio. More than 250 public radio stations broadcast the show.

Several musicians from the Philadelphia region were in the show’s spotlight on WRTI on November 16, 2014. WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston spoke with two of them -...

Carnegie Hall's Barnstorming Youth Movement

Jul 17, 2013

This is the kind of opportunity most classical musicians can only dream about: to be invited to spend part of the summer with an orchestra touring the world — Washington, Moscow, St. Petersburg and London — with two of the biggest names in classical music, conductor Valery Gergiev and violinist Joshua Bell . You'll learn a ton, make lots of new friends, have the experience of a lifetime and earn boasting points for many years to come. But this chance is only available to you if you've managed...

Bach, Beatboxed

Dec 3, 2012 What happens when you get a teenage piano whiz and the 24-year-old, multi-talented winner of NBC's The Sing-Off in a rehearsal room together? Beatboxed Bach , that's what — courtesy of our friends over at From the Top , who got 15-year-old pianist Kader Qian and the 23-year-old cellist/vocalist/YouTube star Kevin Olusola together for their own riff on the Goldberg Variations . The two are both FtT alums — and just in case you're wondering just how...

Gunther Schuller, the great American composer, conductor, author, music educator, jazz innovator, and French horn player, is the special guest artist on From the Top this week. Youll hear some of his favorite moments from the program and stories of his multiple lives in music. Plus, host Christopher ORiley presents the world premiere of Schullers 1946 Fantasia Concertante for Three Oboes & Piano with three young musicians. Information about the program and performers, and lots of photos.