SHHS Freshman Featured on NPR
14-year-old cellist Isaiah Kim appeared on a recent episode of From the Top, the hit NPR radio program
featuring America’s best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley.
Broadcast from Atlanta, Georgia, the show will air nationally the week of November 9, 2015. The episode was recorded before a live audience at Emory University’s Emerson Concert Hall.
Isaiah Kim is from Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and has played the cello for 10 years. He currently studies with Priscilla Lee and is a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra at the Temple University Music Preparatory Center for Gifted Young Musicians. He has participated in numerous summer festivals such as the Meadowmount School of Music, Heifetz International Music Institute and the Harpa International Music Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. Isaiah has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a result of winning their annual Concerto Competition. Outside of music, Isaiah enjoys singing and sports like basketball and soccer.
On the show Isaiah performed Pyotr illyich Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo capriccioso and the second movement from Luigi Boccherini’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, G. 4. Also on the broadcast: 17-year-old violist Erin Pitts from Atlanta, Georgia, performed the first two movements from Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 11, No. 4; 15-year-old organist Forrest Eimold from Winthrop, Massachusetts, performed Louis Vierne’s Carillon de Westminster from Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 3; 16-year-old violinist Abigel Kralik performed the first movement of Johannes Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Op. 78; and The CCCEPA Chamber Chorus from Mableton, Georgia, performed “A Jubilant Song” by Norman Dello Joio.
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.
From the Top is made possible by support from US Trust and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations. From the Top on NPR is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.
You can listen to Isaiah and the full program here. Isaiah's performance begins around 12:28. Enjoy! Congratulations to Isaiah for another wonderful performance.