Ronald Joseph (piano), 17, is a recipient of From the Top’s $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Originally from Saint Rose, Louisiana, he splits his time between Benjamin Franklin High School and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) in New Orleans. He is the accompanist for his school choir at Benjamin Franklin, and he sings in the choir at NOCCA. Following Hurricane Katrina, Ronald was given the opportunity to study at Juilliard while NOCCA was closed for repair. In his free time, he enjoys biking, reading, and going to concerts.