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Gordon Neidinger To Appear on NPR's From the Top

By Erin MacCurtain - From The Top
February 21, 2012 - 9:15 am

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National Public Radio's From The Top

National Public Radio's From The Top

Boston, Mass. — 17-year-old mandolin player Gordon Neidinger from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will appear on an upcoming 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 Boston, Massachusetts, the show will air nationally the week of February 20. The episode was taped before a live audience at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on February 4.

Gordon has been playing music since age 11 and currently studies mandolin with Charley Rappaport, well-known mandolin virtuoso. At the Classical Mandolin Society of America's 2011 National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, Gordon was awarded second place in the CMSA's national playing contest. He plays first chair the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra, and he is also a member of the bluegrass band Home Cookin', the Starlight Band, the Gordon Neidinger Trio (mandolin with tenor guitar and bass) and is active in the Pittsburgh bluegrass community with other projects. His appearances include the Synod Hall and Carnegie Lecture Hall, Pittsburgh, the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota, and Kent State University. He was a guest artist last year at two concerts in Los Angeles and San Diego. Gordon received scholarship grants to the 2007 Steve Kaufman Acoustic Music Camp in Tennessee, the 2010 BDAA Convention in Minneapolis and the 2011 CMSA Convention in Baltimore.

On the show Gordon performs Doina and Variations on the E-flat Sirba by Charley Rappaport, accompanied by host Christopher O'Riley on the piano. Also on the broadcast: 18-year-old violinist Carson Marshall from Belchertown, Massachusetts performing the second movement from Violin Sonata No.3 by Frederick Delius, accompanied by host Christopher O'Riley on the piano; 17-year-old violist Alexia DelGiudice from South Easton, Massachusetts performing Rhapsodie from Suite Hébraïque by Ernest Bloch, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley; 16-year-old flutist Anthony Trionfo from Las Vegas, Nevada performing Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino by Paul Taffanel, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley; and 15-year-old pianist Angie Zhang from Princeton Junction, New Jersey performing Basso Ostinato by Rodion Shchedrin.

While in Boston, Gordon was also invited to tape a segment of Drive Time Live at Boston's Classical WGBH FM, where he performed Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms and Vittorio Monti's Csardas, which aired February 3 and will be available for viewing on the station's YouTube channel.

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. The show is broadcast on over 200 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners each week. From the Top has been described by the Boston Globe as "an entertaining, accessible and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits and games; the show is a celebration of extraordinary musician who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives."

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.

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Ed Goist
February 21, 2012 09:34 AM
Gordon is a great player and a humble and gracious person.
I see a very bright future ahead for this gifted young man.
February 21, 2012 09:40 AM
Congrats to Gordon on this wonderful performance. He has a very bright future ahead of him.

And with Charley as his teacher and mentor he is a very lucky young man.
Jim Abrams
February 21, 2012 01:39 PM
A well-deserved honor for a talented young man. Looking forward to hearing the show. Many congratulations Gordon!
mandolino maximus
February 21, 2012 04:12 PM

First up.
Jim Abrams
February 21, 2012 05:17 PM
Thanks for the link. I just listened to Gordon's performance and story about the tree limb that broke his arm. It's a brilliant performance and Gordon has great poise on stage as well. Wow, the piece Gordon played, which was written by Charley Rappaport, requires an amazing technical ability, which Godon clearly demonstrates. Listening to the show just now (before the scheduled broadcast on Sunday) was like opening a Christmas present early. Congratulations once again Gordon on your thrilling performance.
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