ac·​com·​pa·​nist ə-ˈkəmp-nist How to pronounce accompanist (audio)
: one (such as a pianist) who plays an accompaniment

Examples of accompanist in a Sentence

He will be her accompanist on the piano.
Recent Examples on the Web No less a guitarist than Mark Knopfler hired him as an accompanist for his 2001 solo tour. Chris Willman, Variety, 24 Sep. 2023 The German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, who performs those works with his adept accompanist, Helmut Deutsch, is renowned for his gorgeous voice. The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2023 Her accompanists are a roster of Boston’s first-call players, pianist Mark Shilansky, ubiquitous bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Les Harris Jr. Sept. 10, 4 p.m. $20., 6 Sep. 2023 He was renowned as a chamber musician and accompanist and also celebrated as a soloist. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 5 Sep. 2023 Tim Ray, a Berklee professor who joined Bennett as his piano accompanist around 2016 and was soon appointed his musical director, noted that Bennett was a particular fan of female jazz singers who were fluent improvisers — Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan. James Sullivan,, 21 July 2023 There’s plenty to recommend here, starting with the presence of narrator, commentator and too-occasional musical accompanist Dom Flemons, an old-time music encyclopedia and founding member of another genre-breaking entity, the sublime Carolina Chocolate Drops. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 4 July 2023 That was back when Jones performed as a proto-techno-pop band whose sole accompanist was Jed Hoile, a trenchcoated mime-cum-dancer. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 June 2022 The piano accompanist will be Peter Storms; the violinist is Yuriy Geyer. Myrna Petlicki, Chicago Tribune, 8 May 2023 See More

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Word History


accompany + -ist entry 1

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accompanist was in 1768

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“Accompanist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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ac·​com·​pa·​nist ə-ˈkəmp-(ə-)nəst How to pronounce accompanist (audio)
: a musician who plays an accompaniment

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