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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Highlight Show: Where Are They Now?

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.

Salem, Massachusetts

Saturday, March 28, 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.

Stanford, California

Saturday, March 21, 2015

From Stanford University, this week's From the Top features an all-California crew of performers.

San Francisco, California

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The world-renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz returns to From the Top as the special guest artist of this week’s program from the San Francisco Conservatory.

Sidney, Maine

Saturday, March 07, 2015

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

At Home in Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, February 21, 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.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Saturday, February 14, 2015

This week on From the Top a local teenage guitar quartet serenades us with a classical arrangement of an Appalachian folk song.

Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, February 07, 2015

This week From the Top takes you to Jordan Hall in Boston, Mass., for a series of string performances and one piano.

Montclair, New Jersey

Saturday, January 31, 2015

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

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

Saturday, January 24, 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 this past summer.

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Saturday, January 17, 2015

From the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass., From the Top celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the eyes of today's teenagers.

Norfolk, Virginia

Saturday, January 10, 2015

From Norfolk, Va., at the Virginia Arts Festival, this episode features a steel drum band from the local community, and a violin-cello duo made up of two wonderfully talented brothers.

Seattle, Washington

Saturday, January 03, 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.

Greenville, South Carolina

Saturday, December 27, 2014

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.

Tacoma, Washington

Saturday, December 20, 2014

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