The NPR radio program From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley is dedicated to celebrating the amazing performances and captivating stories of young classical musicians from around the globe. Broadcast nationwide, it is one of the most popular classical music programs on radio.
From the Top will be taping a show in Tucson on Sunday, February 17th at Centennial Hall. A pair of Tucson teenagers who are already making their mark on the world of classical music will be among the guests.
AZ Illustrated Arts host Elizabeth Burden spoke with these two talented young men about their approach to their craft, and the honor of being chosen to perform on From the Top.
Pianist Cameron Williams, age 13, is from Tucson, where he is a student at Basis Tucson. He studies piano with Tannis Gibson at the University of Arizona.
Williams has attended the Interlochen Summer Arts Festival for three years, and the International Institute of Young Musicians at the University of Kansas for two years. He also enjoys drama and foreign languages, having studied German, Mandarin, and Russian.
Guitarist Augustus Woodrow-Tomozuka (aka Gus) is 17 years old, and also hails from Tucson, where he studies with Thomas Patterson. He placed second in the Senior Youth Division of the 2012 Indiana International Guitar Competition.
He has performed with indie band Picasso’s Wall, as well as with various Mariachi groups around the Tucson area. A student at Sonoran Science Academy, Gus is passionate about conservation work and volunteers at the Reid Park Zoo. In 2010, he traveled to Churchill, Manitoba to study polar bears on a special scholarship.