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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Big Sky, Montana

From Big Sky, Montana, this week’s program features a young pianist who conjures up a great seascape through his multi-layered performance of the music of Maurice Ravel.

Highlight Show 19

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Gunther Schuller, the late American composer, conductor, author, music educator, jazz innovator, and french horn player is the special guest artist on From the Top this week.

Atlanta, Georgia

Saturday, November 14, 2015

From Atlanta, Georgia, this week’s episode features a thrilling performance by a local public school choir, 14-year-old cellist and more.

Coral Gables, FL

Saturday, November 07, 2015

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

Aspen Music Festival and School

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Tune in at 6am Saturday for this week's episode featuring a pianist who’s just twelve years old performs the music of Robert Schumann.


Highlights from the Vaults

Saturday, October 24, 2015

This highlights program celebrates some of the best performances by young people From the Top has presented over the past couple of seasons.

Interlochen, Michigan

Saturday, October 17, 2015

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

Vail, Colorado

Saturday, October 10, 2015

From the Bravo! Vail Festival in Vail, Colo., this week’s From the Top features one of the top training orchestras in the United States, The National Repertory Orchestra.

Denver, Colorado

Saturday, October 03, 2015

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

Chautauqua, New York

Saturday, September 26, 2015

From the Top returns to the Chautauqua Institution for a summer show filled with amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Saturday, September 19, 2015

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

A House Concert in Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, September 12, 2015

In the contemporary spirit of intimate performance trends like Groupmuse, From the Top presents its first "House Concert" from Boston.

Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, September 05, 2015

This week's From the Top is broadcast from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as part of the Massachusetts' Cultural Council's National Summit on Creative Youth Development.

Salem, Massachusetts

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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.