A Celebration with FTT & WHRB
A Celebration with FTT & WHRB
From the Top Returns to the Boston Airwaves! Join us for a Virtual Concert to celebrate launch of From the Top on WHRB 95.3FM featuring Harvard / From the Top musicians.
Mar 10, 2021
A Celebration with FTT & WHRB
From the Top Returns to the Boston Airwaves! Join us for a Virtual Concert to celebrate launch of From the Top on WHRB 95.3FM featuring Harvard / From the Top musicians.
A Celebration with FTT & WHRB
From the Top Returns to the Boston Airwaves! Join us for a Virtual Concert to celebrate launch of From the Top on WHRB 95.3FM featuring Harvard / From the Top musicians.
Ria Modak
duo • New York, New York

Ria appeared on Show 359 in Kennet Square, PA in 2018 and Show 383 in Boston on February 8, 2020.

Ria Modak (guitar), 19, is a classical guitarist and composer-improviser based in New York and Boston. Ria studies Social Studies at Harvard College and Classical Guitar Performance at the New England Conservatory, where they study with Eliot Fisk and Jerome Mouffe. Ria has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, the Long Island Classical Guitar Society, the New York Guitar Seminar, and Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society for her playing. They appeared on NPR‘s From the Top on Show 359 in Kennet Square, PA, in 2018. Ria has performed at guitar and new music festivals across the country, including Dwellings Art Festival, the Indiana Guitar Festival, Ragas Live, and NEC’s own Boston GuitarFest. In addition to classical guitar, Ria is trained in flamenco guitar and Hindustani music, and their compositions are inflected with these musical traditions and lineages.

 

Haeun Moon
violin • Waco, Texas

Haeun performed on February 14th, 2018 on Show 350 in San Antonio, Texas.

Haeun will perform on Show 373 in San Marcos, Texas on June 8, 2019.

Haeun Moon (violin), 16 is currently a junior at Midway High School in Waco, Texas, and a violin student of Brian Lewis, faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. At the age of 11, Haeun made her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall after winning first place in her age division of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition. Haeun has also won top prizes in numerous competitions, performing with the Austin Symphony, Fort Bend Symphony, Houston Civic Symphony, and Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has also been featured as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, East Oregon Symphony, and Ottawa Chamber Orchestra.

This past year, Haeun was named the National First Prize Winner at the Music Teachers National Association Senior String Competition held in Baltimore, MD. In addition, she was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition and performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Haeun was one of ten student artists selected worldwide for the 2017 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School where she performed in master classes with world-renowned violinists.

Most recently, Haeun was named a 2018 National YoungArts Winner. This summer, she will be touring with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States to Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, and Daejon.

 

Haeun enjoys volunteering as a performer for the Blind Rehab unit at the Doris Miller Veterans Affairs Medical Center and as an assistant teacher at Talitha Koum, a therapeutic institution devoted to developing mental resilience in children. Haeun is also a cofounder of Mission Waco’s afterschool music program.

Receiving the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award will allow Haeun to pay for private lessons and attend a summer music festival.

Hayoung Moon
cello • Woodway, Texas

Hayoung performed on Show 373 in San Marcos, Texas on June 8, 2019.

Hayoung Moon (cello), 17, is a senior at Midway High School in Waco, Texas and is a student of Dr. Gary Hardie. He is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

He was recently named as the state and division winner in the 2018-19 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior String Competition and will compete at the national finals in March 2019. In the 2017 Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras (TASO) Concerto Competition, Hayoung won the first prize in Strings, as well as the grand prize in all categories. As a winner, he performed at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Hayoung performed as soloist with orchestras after winning the concerto competitions of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Houston Civic Symphony, and the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Hayoung was invited to the 2015 Credo Brandenburg Project to perform at the Symphony Center, Chicago and Severance Hall, Cleveland, and his quintet was invited to perform at the 40th Anniversary of the National Suzuki Association of the Americas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2016, he was invited as a guest performer at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.

Hayoung is the co-founder of the Mission Waco’s afterschool music program and enjoys volunteering as a cello teacher. He also volunteers to perform for the Blind Rehab unit at Doris Miller Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He received the Student Volunteer of the Year 2015–16 Award by Mission Waco, Mission World, Inc. Hayoung was also recently named as a candidate in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program by the U.S. Department of Education.

Receiving the Young Artist Alumni Scholarship will allow Hayoung to upgrade his instrument and attend college auditions.

Lev Mamuya
cello • Newton Highlands, Massachusetts

Lev Mamuya appeared most recently on Show 278, recorded in October 2013, at age 17. Previously, he appeared on Show 174, recorded in February 2008, at age 11.

Program bio from Show 278:

Lev Mamuya (cello), 17, is from Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, and he attends The Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. He is a cello student of Michael Reynolds at the New England Conservatory, studies at the Perlman Music Program in the summer, and has attended Greenwood Music Camp. He appeared as a soloist on the From the Top radio and TV programs in 2008. Lev was the first place laureate in the Sphinx competition in 2013 and recently performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra. In his free time, Lev enjoys reading, running cross-country, hiking, playing video games, and basketball. Most importantly, Lev is a fervent Boston sports fan.

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Ria Modak
, duo
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Haeun Moon
, violin
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Hayoung Moon
, cello
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Lev Mamuya
, cello
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