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Young Utah musician duo performs on NPR's 'From the Top'

Published: Saturday, March 10 2012 4:36 p.m. MST

Fourteen-year-old pianist Anastasia Magomedova and 13-year-old violinist Aubree Oliverson in a performance.

The Gifted Music School

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Two musicians from Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City were chosen to be on NPR's "From the Top," a nationally broadcast showcase for young musicians.

Aubree Oliverson, 13, played the violin and Anastasia Magomedova, 14, played the piano to the third movement of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto to a live audience on March 8 at Weber State University.

"They play at an extremely high level," said Eugene Watanabe, the director of the Gifted Music School. "What makes them special is they're both capable of playing at a near professional level. It's a result of years of training and hard work."

"From the Top" features some of the most talented youths from around the country, and the two were chosen from hundreds of applicants.

They recorded a one-hour live performance with other young performers. The performance will be broadcast in a month, nationally on NPR and locally on KBYU-FM.

At the program, Magomedova, who emigrated from Tajikistan with her family, received a $10,000 scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship fund.

The two have also performed as soloists in the past with the Utah Symphony, and Oliverson will return to do it again in May.

— Tori Ackerman

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