From our broadcast home in Boston, this week’s From the Top features a pianist who, at the age of 9, was the youngest performer ever to sign with the recording label EMI. Also, a phenomenal 16-year-old violinist tackles one of the most difficult and dazzling pieces for unaccompanied violin, and we’ll meet a 17-year-old who, having grown up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in San Francisco, has emerged to become a formidable young mezzo-soprano.
Pianist Niu Niu, 16, originally from China, and currently studying at Walnut Hill School for the Arts performs Etudes, Op. 10, No. 3 in E major and No. 12 in C minor, “Revolutionary” by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849).
Mezzo-soprano Olivia Cosio, 17, from San Francisco, performs “Bucking Bronco” from Cowboy Songs by Libby Larsen, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.
Cellist Lev Mamuya, 17, from Newton Highlands, Mass., performs III. Finale (Animé) from the Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.
Violinist Yuki Beppu, 16, from Lexington, Mass., performs Sonata in D minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade” by Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931).
Saxophonist Chad Lilley, 17, from Olney, Md., performs II. Chanson pour ma mie and V. Le cabridan from Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice (1910-1967), accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.
Pianist Niu Niu, 16, originally from China and currently studying at Walnut Hill School for the Arts performs “La Campanella” from Grandes Études de Paganini, S.141, No. 3 in G-sharp minor by Franz Liszt (1811-1886).