From the Top

Airs Saturdays at 6 am on WQXR.

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 tenth year on air, From the Top is taped before live audiences in concert halls from Boston to Honolulu. Over the years some of the most prominent figures in classical music have appeared alongside young talent on From the Top. These guest artists include Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, Bobby McFerrin, Midori, Béla Fleck and many more. Alumni of From the Top are now popping up in the country’s top orchestras and emerging with solo careers.

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Salem, Massachusetts

Each performer on this week's show chose a piece of art from the Peabody Essex Museum's collection that they felt connected with their music in some way.

The National Youth Orchestra of the USA in Purchase, New York

Saturday, August 22, 2015

This week, From the Top is broadcasting from SUNY Purchase where the National Youth Orchestra of the USA was in residence for two weeks during the summer of 2014.

Sidney, Maine

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Meet a harpist who shares some wonderful stories about growing up studying music on rugged and rural Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Norfolk, Virginia

Saturday, August 08, 2015

From Norfolk, Va., this week’s episode features a violin-cello duo made up of two wonderfully talented brothers.

Seattle, Washington

Saturday, August 01, 2015

From Cornish College in Seattle, Wash., this week's program features a local teenage violinist delivering an emotional performance of the music of Ernest Bloch.

Tacoma, Washington

Saturday, July 25, 2015

From Tacoma, Wash., this episode features Prokofiev’s Toccata performed with a level of energy that can only be described as "diabolically teenage."

Cincinnati, Ohio

Saturday, July 18, 2015

From Corbett Auditorium in Cincinnati, Ohio, this week's program features one of the strongest pre-collegiate music programs in the country: The Cincinnati Starling Project.

Miami, Florida

Saturday, July 11, 2015

From the Top comes to you from New World Center in Miami Beach. Among the featured performers, you'll meet a 13-year-old violinist who’s studying with a New World Symphony.

At Home in Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, July 04, 2015

From its home in Boston, From the Top's 300th episode features an 11-year-old who is not only a precocious violinist, but also happens to be a budding YouTube meteorologist.

Montclair, New Jersey

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Enjoy an inspiring evening of music by some young classical musicians presented by Peak Performances at Montclair State University.

South Bend, Indiana

Saturday, June 20, 2015

From the Top comes to you this week from the top competition for teenage chamber music in the country, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at the University of Notre Dame.

Greenville, South Carolina

Saturday, June 13, 2015

From Greenville, S.C., this week’s From the Top features one of the strongest youth choirs in the “Palmetto State” performing a moving new work by a local South Carolina composer.

Coral Gables, Florida

Saturday, June 06, 2015

From the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., this week’s From the Top features a remarkably bold and confident performance by a 14-year-old violinist from South Florida.

Storrs, Connecticut

Saturday, May 30, 2015

From the University of Connecticut, this week’s From the Top includes an emotional performance of Rachmaninoff’s Elegie in E-flat minor.

Highlight Show: Where Are They Now?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

This week’s special “Where Are They Now?” episode traces the lives of five different From the Top alums to learn how these young artists are negotiating their lives in their 20s.

At Home in Boston

Saturday, May 09, 2015

From our home in Boston, this week’s program features a 13-year-old violinist whose performance of the music of Robert Schumann beautifully conveys the composer’s romantic fervor.

Aspen, Colorado

Saturday, May 02, 2015

This week’s program comes from the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colo., where many of the world’s top young musicians come to study during the summer.

Interlochen, Michigan

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The mighty Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, directed by Dr. Carolyn Watson, performs a world premiere inspired by the story of The Three Musketeers.

Highlight Show: Recorded in Studio

Saturday, April 18, 2015

This week's highlights show features music and stories from the archives, including a young violist humorously listing the top 10 “Worst Things You Can Say After A Performance.”

Denver, Colorado

Saturday, April 11, 2015

This week’s From the Top features a special guest appearance by one of America’s finest living film composers, Danny Elfman.

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Saturday, April 04, 2015

From Wellesley, Mass., this week’s From the Top pays tribute to Jewish composers and Jewish music.