17-Year-Old To Receive Award on "From the Top"

For Immediate Release
Episode airs nationally and on WSMR 89.1FM the week of September 19
From the Top, the non-profit organization best known for its NPR and PBS programs featuring America’s best young classical musicians, has awarded 17-year-old flutist Ryan Norville, from Fort Myers, Florida a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Ryan will appear on an upcoming episode of From the Top, which broadcasts nationally the week of September 19 and can be heard on WSMR 89.1FM on Sunday, September 25 at 5pm. The episode was taped before a live audience at Shalin Liu Performance Center on June 4, 2011.
Through the generosity of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, From the Top identifies and awards scholarships to 25 deserving young musicians each year. Chosen from a wide pool of applicants, Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists must demonstrate high levels of artistic and academic achievement. The $10,000 award can be applied towards instrument purchases, and/or summer music camp travel expenses, tuition and fees. From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation are proud to have awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to young musicians since 2005.
Ryan attends the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He is a member of the Interlochen Symphony Orchestra and has attended the French Woods Performing Arts Camp. Ryan has also taken a Marina Piccinini master class. When he’s not playing the flute, he enjoys reading about history and being with friends.
On the show Ryan performs Fantaisie brillante on Bizet’s Carmen by François Borne, accompanied by host Christopher O’Riley on the piano. Also on the broadcast: 15-year-old cellist Sarina Zhang from New York, New York, performing Zapateado by Pablo de Sarasate, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley; 17-year-old violinist Stephanie Zyzak from Barrington, Illinois, performing Tarantella from Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28 by Karol Szymanowski accompanied by Christopher O’Riley; 8-year-old pianist Gavin George from Granville, Ohio, performing The Little Shepherd and Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum from Children’s Corner by Claude Debussy; and the Massachusetts-based Formation Quartet, performing the first movement from String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 by Edvard Grieg. The quartet is comprised of 15-year-old violinist Hikaru Yonezaki from Newton, 17-year-old violinist Ruby Mecure from Andover, 16-year-old violist Thomas Wong from Lexington, and 17-year-old cellist Victor Huls from Jacksonville, Florida.
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.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, a private and independent foundation based in Lansdowne, Virginia, was established in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education.
For a complete listing of repertoire and performance photographs, please contact Eleanor Dowling at edowling@fromthetop.org or 617-437-0707 x103
Please visit www.fromthetop.org for more information
Contact: Eleanor Dowling
617-437-0707 x103