Category: Videos

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Noah and Sydney Lee hail from Oakland, New Jersey, and are a brother and sister duo with some serious cello skills. They’ve both been on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley (Noah on Shows 310 and 241), and Sydney on Show 249), but it’s safe to say you’ve never seen or heard them quite like this: The filmmaker, Dillon […]

  • You know the drill, musical parents. You pour your heart and soul in to your child’s musical training, but there are always those little things that make you crazy. Lucky for you, our musical mom has all…well, some…of the answers! Subscribe to our YouTube channel for musical tips like this new one about practicing a […]

  • Super Bowl 50 is coming! On Sunday, February 7 on CBS, Peyton Manning and Cam Newton will face off on the football field. But before then, we were thinking that the CBS opening theme could use a little From the Top-style interpretation. Who better to play it than two outstanding From the Top piano alumni? […]

  • 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.

  • This is the music you are looking for, Star Wars fans. In honor of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opening in theaters December 18th, we present three delightful young pianists who aren’t afraid to tickle the ivories while dressed in Halloween costumes. A From the Top video. 2015, all rights reserved …

  • 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 […]

  • It’s official. From the Top alum and classical saxophonist Chad Lilley wins this year’s award for most unusual video. Chad plays a gorgeous rendition of Barry Cockcrofts’ “Ku Ku.” You can watch it here. But since we’re From the Top, we decided that a song that sounds like chickens needs to be played FOR chickens. […]

  • Jason Lewis is a modern day Renaissance man: an award-winning classical guitarist who loves to skateboard, a poet who plans to study neuroscience. Directed by: Dillon Buss Subscribe to our YouTube channel today for more cool music videos. Hear more from Jason on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley Show 307. Jason’s website is

  • Guitarist Jason Lewis appeared on NPR’s From the Top Show 307, recorded at a private home in Boston’s Back Bay, which you can hear on public radio stations nationwide the week of September 7. We discovered that Jason has a passion for skateboarding as well as guitar. Here’s a sneak peek of an upcoming video featuring Jason, […]

  • We’re visiting some really amazing concert halls and venues this season, and we want to see your smiling faces in the audience! Join us at one of our upcoming tour stops near you: Saturday, September 19, 2015: Atlanta, Georgia Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Presented by Emory University Sunday, September 27, 2015: Big Sky, Montana […]

  • A few weeks back, we shared our cover of Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again, which has been seen by more than 100,000 viewers to date on YouTube and Facebook. At that same recording session, the From the Top band took a crack at another, quite different, current hit: FourFiveSeconds, performed by Rihanna, […]

  • Just down the street from our offices is Berklee College of Music, where we filmed this latest video. Charlie Puth, who wrote the incredibly popular song “See You Again,” also happens to be a Berklee grad, as is Evan Chapman, who did the arrangement. In this video, From the Top musicians from Berklee, New England […]

  • The incredible From the Top band covers Jennifer Lopez’s “Feel the Light” from the Dreamworks movie Home. Shot on location at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts. And yes, we used drones. We’re cool like that. A From the Top video. All rights reserved. Please contact for more information. …

  • From the Top alum Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix beatboxes with fellow alum and violinist Kate Arndt, covering Sugar by Maroon 5. A From the Top video. Direct all inquiries to Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram: Check out our blog: …

  • In 2015, From the Top commissioned a new musical work from alum Michael Thurber, that would feature the next generation of classical musicians. His concerto, “The Three Musketeers: A play for instruments” premiered on From the Top’s live recording at Interlochen Center for the Arts on March 13. Excerpts from this piece will be broadcast […]

  • From the Top’s young classical musicians rock out to Best Day of My Life by American Authors. A From the Top video. Direct all inquiries to Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram: Check out our blog: …

  • “Glory”, from the movie Selma, was the winner for Best Song during last night’s Academy Awards. Join a bunch of talented From the Top musicians as they take us on a little musical journey through Oscar-winning songs of the past. And spoiler warning – the last one will get stuck in your head.

  • Cello + Drones? Yep.
    Feb 20, 2015

    Happy frozen Friday from Boston. Check out our alum Nathan Chan‘s newest video. #fttalumni