ac·​com·​pa·​nist | \ ə-ˈkəmp-nist How to pronounce accompanist (audio) , -ˈkəm-pə- \

Definition of accompanist

: 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 As Covid-19 fears grew, Rudetsky, a Sirius XM radio host, concert accompanist and comedy writer, flew to Scottsdale, Ariz., for a show with the singer Norm Lewis. New York Times, "An Online Show that Runs and Runs (and Runs)," 23 Dec. 2020 The pianist, vocalist, teacher, and accompanist has been doing everything from creating accompaniment recordings for students to performing on Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube. Myrna Petlicki,, "Marriott Lincolnshire offers tented supper club featuring pianist Andrew Blendermann," 4 Nov. 2020 There are no showboat solos, but there are plenty of piano phrases that are by turns handsome and pretty as the set becomes an entertaining celebration of a most accomplished accompanist. Steven Wine, Star Tribune, "Review: Rare spotlight role for superb pianist Matt Rollings," 12 Aug. 2020 And wasn’t each improvising accompanist putting their own spin on the theatergoer’s experience? Matt Simon, Wired, "AI Magic Makes Century-Old Films Look New," 12 Aug. 2020 Jason is a drummer of note with his band and as an accompanist. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "COVID-19 Claims the Lives of Three Jazz Greats," 3 Apr. 2020 His accompanist, a priest who didn’t want to get defrocked, bailed at the last minute and so it never got aired. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Fisher-Paulson: As chapters of life begin and others end, it’s good to know your limitations," 16 June 2020 Zoom often has a time lag that makes synchronizing a singer and an accompanist hard, so instruction in, say, musical theater can be tough. New York Times, "‘The World Goes Away’ and Other Lessons From Online Acting Class," 20 Apr. 2020 The duets will highlight a different musician from the Louisville Orchestra who will perform with Abrams as their keyboard accompanist. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's arts and entertainment scene is as lively as ever — you just have to log on," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of accompanist

1768, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accompanist

accompany + -ist entry 1

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12 Jan 2021

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“Accompanist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of accompanist

: someone who plays a musical instrument while another person is singing or playing the main part : someone who plays an accompaniment


ac·​com·​pa·​nist | \ ə-ˈkəm-pə-nist How to pronounce accompanist (audio) \

Kids Definition of accompanist

: a musician who plays in support of someone else who is singing or playing an instrument

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