• From the Top and Carnegie Hall Announce 'Big Break' Finalists

    From the Top and Carnegie Hall today announced the 15 finalists selected for Big Break, a new online contest that offers young musicians the chance to compete for a spot on a special episode of NPR's From the Top national radio broadcast, hosted by Christopher O’Riley, as well as an opportunity to grace the stage at Carnegie Hall, performing in a Carnegie Hall Family Concert in Zankel Hall in spring 2011.

    Public voting on the 15 finalists begins today at YouTube.com/BigBreak and ends on December 14.

    The Big Break finalists are:

    Gideon Broshy (piano), age 16, New York, NY
    Emily Brown (double bass), age 16, Myersville, MD
    Samuel Casseday (double bass), age 17, Jacksonville, FL
    Jennifer Cha (violin), age 14, Naperville, IL
    Brannon Cho (cello), age 15, Short Hills, NJ
    Michael Davidman (piano), age 13, New York, NY
    Peter Eom (cello), age 15, Gilbert, AZ
    Helen Gerhold (harp), age 14, Lansdale, PA
    Nikita Haduong (violin), age 15, Henderson, NV
    Jiyeon Kim (guitar), age 17, Cleveland, OH
    Kate Liu (piano), age 16, Winnetka, IL
    Ryan Norville (flute), age 17, Fort Myers, FL
    Arianna Smith (viola), age 17, St. Charles, IL
    Marcelina Suchocka (marimba), age 17, Chicago, IL
    Kevin Sun (piano), age 17, Carmichael, CA

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