Category: In Boston

  • Gretchen Nielsen, Executive Director of From the Top, is pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Borababy as Director of Development and External Relations. Nielsen said, “Emily brings to From the Top exceptional expertise and a deep understanding of the philanthropic landscape. We are thrilled to welcome Emily to From the Top as Director of […]

  • “Kairos” – the decisive time for opportunity and action – captures the essence of ambition and boldness found in these four young artists. Kairos Quartet was formed in September of 2017 when all four students were scholarship recipient Fellows at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, a pre-college training program for gifted musicians. They won the […]

  • An exploratory artist, outspoken activist, influential educator, and possessor of one of the most personal and expressive pianistic styles in improvised music, Fred Hersch has led a singular life that has shaped one of the most acclaimed and influential voices in modern jazz, and he’ll share that experience with From the Top in an upcoming taping in […]

  • From the Top returns to our home concert hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, on Sunday, October 14 at 2PM. The show brings back alum Yuga Cohler as Guest Host. Yuga is a respected conductor, recently receiving critical acclaim for “Yeethoven” at Lincoln Center – a concert comparing the works of Kanye West and Beethoven.  At […]

  • Hina Khuong-Huu (violin), 13, started to play the violin when she was three years old. She has won top prizes at the Osaka International Competition, the Grumiaux Competition, and Il Piccolo Violino Magico, and competed in the Menuhin Competition. She has attended the Musica Mundi Chamber Music Course and Festival in Belgium, and currently attends […]

  • 2017 was the pilot year for From the Top’s Alumni Leadership Grant, which funds leadership initiatives launched by our alumni all across the country. One of those grants supported FTT alum Avik Sarkar as he spearheaded a benefit concert in support of the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights. Not only did Avik fundraise, program, and […]

  • We believe in the power of music in the hands of young musicians. Do you? Join From the Top alumni, fans, and family in trumpeting (pun intended) the awesomeness that young musicians bring to the world by adding your note to our #Note4Note online giving campaign. Here’s how it works: 1. You give a dollar, […]

  • What happens when 8 classically-trained musicians, 8 vocalists, 10 visual artists, and one rap artist come together? The answer is our latest music video, a cover of Jon Batiste & Stay Human’s “Express Yourself (Say Yes)”. We filmed this video at the Epicenter of Artists for Humanity, a non-profit here in our hometown of Boston. […]

  • Welcome to the new CDAL Class of 2016–2017 For the past six years, young musicians in the Greater Boston area have applied to join our Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (CDAL) here in our hometown. CDAL is the only program in Greater Boston focused on leadership training for pre-collegiate and collegiate classically-trained musicians. This […]

  • What would it look like to launch a new orchestra from the ground up while trying to be accessible, appealing, and, most importantly, social? That is the question that From the Top alum and conductor Matthew Szymanski posed to a group of like-minded friends back in 2014. Over time, the answer became clear and Matt […]

  • Happy Independence Day! For this July 4th, we took the Sempre Sisters out into Boston to perform a virtuosic take on the classic patriotic tune, Yankee Doodle. We love this video because the joy and passion these two From the Top alums put into their performance are wonderfully contagious. Fair warning though: the tune is […]

  • Did you know that there are other ways for young musicians to be part of From the Top beyond being on our radio show? Here in our hometown of Boston, we offer a unique leadership program called the Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (CDAL). More than 50 young musicians joined this past year (meet […]

  • If there’s one thing that all From the Top musicians and fans can appreciate, it’s the many… ahem…productive hours spent in practice rooms. How many of these have you experienced? Pianist 11-year-old Michael Karshis (you might remember Michael as a certain Star Wars villain in another recent video) Director Tim Banker Producer Mark Williams Director […]

  • On May 16, fans of From the Top will gather at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the 2016 From the Top gala, raising funds to support our arts education, media, and outreach programs. We pride ourselves on throwing a pretty incredible party, with astonishing live music, wonderful food, and one of the […]

  • There are no manuals for how to become a great cellist. It can’t be learned on YouTube. It requires hard work and immense dedication, and it also requires a teacher, one human, who will pour his/her soul into giving musicians the tools to find their own expressions of their own souls. What a thing that is! It’s the ultimate example […]

  • A sunny day in Boston. A few classical music stars head out to do some busking. Three young From the Top musicians have a different plan. We hope you enjoy our latest video, a rocking classical cover of Taylor Swift’s Grammy-nominated hit, Shake it Off.

  • Dear Friends, After 12 years, hundreds of radio shows, and countless other productions including two seasons of Emmy-winning television, our long-time music director Tom Vignieri is officially moving on. Tom, his wife Alison, and their two children have relocated to the English countryside to be closer to family in Devon and to give Tom the […]

  • By Linda Gerstle, Director of Education & Community Partnerships The Friday afternoon school assembly is a time honored tradition in many schools. A chance to connect with friends and teachers outside of class as the week winds down – it’s a moment that many of us recall so many years later. And so it was at […]

  • It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 4 months since our last pop cover (Kanye/Rihanna/Paul Simon’s FourFiveSeconds)! The From the Top band is back (with both new and familiar faces) and we hope you enjoy our latest musical video mashup of “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Where Are U Now” (the original artists just won top […]

  • Recently, we caught up with From the Top alum George Li while he was in town preparing for our recording of NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley at Jordan Hall (airing the week of 11/30/15 nationally). This past summer, George received a silver medal at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, making him the highest placing American […]