From The Top: Featured Performers

3/1/2012 8:33:57 AM


From The Top: Featured Performers and Repertoire Announced

Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30pm | at the Palladium


For the past decade, From the Top has been the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians. Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events, and education programs, From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians with millions each week.

Christopher O'Riley, Host & Piano

Nathan Meltzer, violin, age 11 from Bloomington, IN.
Performing Hejre Kati, Scènes de la csárda, No. 4, Op. 32 by Jenö Hubay (1858-1937).

Tyler Rhodes, guitar, age 18 from Austin, TX.
Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist. Performing Spanish Dance No.5, "Andaluza" by Enrique Granados (1867-1916).

Sydney Lee, cello, age 15 from Oakland, NJ.
Performing Introduction & Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.

Evelyn Mo, piano, age 13 from Oak Hill, VA.
Winner of 2012 Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition. Performing L’isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy (1862-1918).

Quartet Tzigane
Performing IV. Allegro Molto (4:20) from Piano Quartet in D minor by William Walton (1902-1983).

  • Graydon Tope, violin, age 15 from Minneapolis, MN.
  • Sloane Wesloh, viola, age 15 from Stillwater, MN.
  • Parker Tope, cello, age 13 from Minneapolis, MN.
  • Evren Ozel, piano, age 13 from Minneapolis, MN.


Performer Biographies:

Tyler Rhodes
(guitar), 18, is from Austin, Texas and attends Westlake High School. He is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Tyler studies with Kevin Taylor, founder of the Childbloom Guitar Program, and has participated in the Austin Bella Corda guitar ensemble, as well as Westlake High School’s Chorale and Madrigals. He has also attended Mid-America Guitar Camp and the Musical Minds Festival and Competition. Aside from guitar, Tyler loves boating, anime and manga, and spending time with friends.

Evelyn Mo (violin), 13, lives in Oak Hill, Virginia and attends Rachel Carson Middle School. She studies violin with Natalia Yampolsky. Evelyn is the 2012 winner of the Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition of the Montgomery Symphony. She won the special judge’s award and second place in the Advanced Division of the Washington Performing Arts Society Feder String Competition last year. Evelyn plays first chair in the Rachel Carson Symphonic Orchestra. Evelyn also plays the piano and enjoys taking pictures, riding rollercoasters, and reading.

Nathan Meltzer (violin), 11, is from Bloomington, Indiana and attends University Elementary. He studies with Professor Mimi Zweig at Indiana University’s String Academy where he performs in the Violin Virtuosi ensemble. Nathan began violin in the second grade in Austria, and since then has attended the Meadowmount School of Music and the Indiana University Summer String Academy. Nathan has also had master classes with Mihaela Martin, Stephen Shipps, Benny Kim, and Sharon Stanis. Aside from violin, Nathan enjoys baseball and plays tennis to relax.

Sydney Lee (cello), 15, lives in Oakland, New Jersey and attends Valley Middle School. She is a student at Juilliard Pre-College, where she studies with Minhye Clara Kim. Sydney is a member of the World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra and the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony. Sydney has attended Meadowmount School of Music and the international MusicAlp festival in Courchevel, France. In her free time, Sydney is active in her church youth group and enjoys shopping, hanging out with friends, and traveling.

Quartet Tzigane is based in Minnesota and coached by Thomas Rosenberg. The quartet is comprised of 15-year-old violist Sloane Wesloh from Stillwater and 15-year-old violinist Graydon Tope, 13-year-old cellist Parker Tope, and 13-year-old pianist Evren Ozel from Minneapolis. The quartet won first place in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Youth Chamber Music Competition and received an honorable mention in the open division of the Discover National Chamber Music Competition last month.

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