Stillwater violist to appear on NPR’s ‘From The Top’

The Minnesota-based Quartet Tzigane appears 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 Carmel, Ind., the show airs nationally the week of April 16 and on Minnesota Public Radio, KSJN 99.5FM at noon April 22. The episode was taped March 21 before a live audience at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts and will be available to listen to online at beginning April 18.

Quartet Tzigane is comprised of 15-year-old violist Sloane Wesloh from Stillwater and 15-year-old violinist Graydon Tope, 13-year-old cellist Parker Tope, and 13-year-old pianist Evren Ozel from Minneapolis. The quartet won first place in the 2012 Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Youth Chamber Music Competition and received an honorable mention in the open division of the 2012 Discover National Chamber Music Competition in Chicago.

They were recently accepted to compete at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition taking place in South Bend, Ind., in May. Quartet Tzigane is coached by Tom Rosenberg of Opus 1911 Music Studio in St. Paul, and performs IV Allegro Molto from Piano Quartet in D minor by William Walton on the show.

Sloane is a sophomore honor student at Minnesota Connections Academy. She began studying violin at age 5 with Matthew Green of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and switched to viola after moving to Minnesota at age 10. She studies with Richard Marshall, co-principal violist of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Sloane joined the Minnesota Youth Symphonies in 2007 and currently performs in the MYS Symphony Orchestra. She recently received a scholarship to attend the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston beginning in fall 2012.

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.