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Cincinnati Teen On 'From The Top' Saturday

Cellist Daniel Dorsey performs on NPR's "From The Top" Saturday, Jan. 9.
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Cellist Daniel Dorsey performs on NPR's "From The Top" Saturday, Jan. 9.

At age 9, Daniel Dorsey started playing the cello. At 17, he's performing on National Public Radio's From The Topshowcasing young classically trained musicians.

The St. Xavier High School senior performs "Song of the Black Swan" by Heitor Villa-Lobos accompanied by pianist Jacob Miller at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, on WGUC-FM.

Host Peter Dugan praised his performance by saying: "You played it with intimacy, vulnerability and it was really a touching performance."

Dorsey was inspired at age 9 after seeing cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform in concert. In 2017, he won a concerto competition and played a solo with the Dayton Philharmonic for middle school and elementary school students.

"Up to that point, I had never really played in front of younger kids. I had mostly played for judges in competitions," Dorsey says. "After I was done, all the kids stood up and started cheering, and I wasn't really expecting that. I could just tell they were really inspired."

Dorsey is a recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, which presents up to $10,000 to help offset the costs of studying classical music at a high level. The one-time scholarships are given to about 20 young artists ages 8 to 18 each year.

"I want to spend it on a new cello," Dorsey says on the show. "My teachers have always told me that I've been improving so much that I should get a new cello because my level is increasing." 

Dugan studies with Dr. Sarah Kim and Alan Rafferty through the Cincinnati Young Artists Cello Studio, according to hisFrom The Top bio. He also  enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and doing volunteer work.

WGUC's Elaine Diehl interviewed Dorsey for the station's Clef Notes site. I'll put a link herewhen the audio is posted.

John Kiesewetter's reporting is independent. Cincinnati Public Radio only edits his articles for style and grammar.

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John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.