From the Top

Sunday at 12 PM
Hosted by: Christopher O'Riley

For the past decade, From the Top has been the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians. Each week, it shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians ages 8 to 18. Each program provides a compelling and entertaining window into the world of a diverse group of young people, who pursue life with passion, determination, and joy.

Broadcast on over 200 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top is one of the most popular classical music programs on radio.

Hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, each one-hour broadcast presents five high-caliber performances along with interviews, sketches and games, revealing the heart and soul behind extraordinary young musicians. Now in its twelfth year on air, From the Top is taped before live audiences in concert halls from Boston to Honolulu.

Find more information, and listen to this week's show at

Composer ID: 
From the Top
12:20 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

From The Top’s Teen Musicians Thrill NWPR Audience

18-year old violinist Sophia Stoyanovich of Bainbridge Island
Credit From The Top

“His hands were moving so fast, all I could see was a blur,” said Judy of 15-year old pianist Derek Wang of Needham, Massachusetts. And Richard, speaking of 15-year old cellist Jeremy Tai’s arrangement of a piece for his cello quartet, declared it “absolutely brilliant!”

Read more
Upcoming Event
2:01 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

"From the Top" Live in Tacoma Thursday, April 24

On Thursday, April 24 at 7:30, join Northwest Public Radio at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, for a live taping of From the Top! Get your tickets now.

Read more


  • Monday, September 29, 2014 2:33pm

    From Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, this week's From the Top celebrates grassroots community music schools — these are the kind of programs that reach out to kids who otherwise might not have any access to musical training. We'll hear an expressive 17-year-old cellist from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts perform the music of Shostakovich. And we'll meet a phenomenal teenage trombone quartet from one of the greatest urban community music schools in the country - the Merit School of Music in Chicago.


  • Monday, September 22, 2014 2:53pm

    This week’s program was recorded at The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts and given the show’s art museum venue, each young performer discusses a connection between the music they’re performing and a work of visual art in the museum’s collection.  We hear an award winning string quartet from Chicago perform the music of  Bartok and a teenager from Maryland performs an epic piece on the traditional Chinese instrument, the guzheng.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014 2:13pm

    This week, host Christopher O'Riley catches up with some of From the Top's most illustrious alumni in our annual "Where Are They Now Show." We'll enjoy the extraordinary music these young pros are making in their early careers and we'll hear their stories of triumph and struggle as they work to define their own creative space in the world. Featured alumni include a brilliant young composer who is about to have a concert of his work performed by the Shanghai Philharmonic ... a touring violinist who has just released a CD of all unaccompanied pieces, and a French horn player who has founded a free music school in his home town.


  • Monday, September 8, 2014 2:23pm

    From the Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, Maine, this week's From the Top features one of the strongest teenage oboists From the Top has encountered in the past few years performing a gorgeous Elegie by Francis Poulenc ... a 14-year-old violinist performs Vieuxtemp's virtuosic show piece, the Yankee Doodle Variations ... and we meet a harpist who shares some wonderful stories about growing up studying music on rugged and rural Mt. Desert Island, Maine.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014 2:33pm

    From the famous Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York, this week's show features the great flute virtuoso, Sir James Galway as our special guest. In addition to a line up of wonderful young soloists, Sir James will perform Gounod's Petite Symphonie with an ensemble of talented kids, and talk about how he's training the next generation of superb flutists.