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Young local pianist's NPR performance to air June 3

May 25, 2017 - Robbie Goodrich
A performance by Antonio "Nio" Ajero of Nacogdoches will be featured on NPR's "From the Top" at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, on Red River Radio.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - A performance by 12-year-old Nacogdoches pianist Antonio "Nio" Ajero will be showcased on an upcoming episode of "From the Top," the hit National Public Radio program featuring America's best young classical musicians.

Hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley, the show will air at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, on Red River Radio. The episode, available for streaming and podcast at fromthetop.org, was presented by LeTourneau University and Red River Radio and taped before a live audience at LeTourneau's Belcher Center in March.

Nio is a student of Linda Parr in the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music. He is also winner of the 2017 Baylor/Waco Solo Piano Competition and a National Gold Medal from The Royal Conservatory for earning the highest score in the United States on their Level 9 Piano Exam.

On the NPR broadcast, Nio performs Caprice à la Scarlatti in G major, Op. 14, No. 3 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

A seventh-grade student at Mike Moses Middle School, Nio is the son of Dr. Mario Ajero, professor of piano at SFA, and Gina Ajero.