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 Group to perform Friday at library Award-winning musicians Andrew Harrison, saxophone; Nadia Azzi, piano; and Jason Lo, accompanist, will give a concert from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Friday at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Historical Society to hold annual meeting," 19 Sep. 2019 Featuring Michael Hill, violin/viola; Kathy Raymond, violin; Mitchell Rollins, oboe; Gary Pope, director, organ and piano; Sharon Harrah and Collin Crouthers, accompanists. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville shows this week: Mike Epps, Bendigo Fletcher, Yule Log Festival & more," 27 Dec. 2019 Prepare 16 to 32 bars of a song in your key that highlights your vocal range, and bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Audition notices for Milwaukee area theater and music productions (Winter 2020 edition)," 10 Dec. 2019 In the late 1990s and early 2000s Mr. Willis was a member of the young trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s quintet, playing twin roles as accompanist and mentor. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Larry Willis, Pianist Who Crossed Genres, Is Dead at 76," 3 Oct. 2019 Her accompanists at Thornton Winery will include saxophonist and Shelia E band mate Eddie M, who counts Aretha Franklin, Prince and Stevie Nicks among his past collaborators. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Award-winning San Diego singer Rebecca Jade may give Jeffrey Osborne a run for his money at Thornton Winery," 19 Oct. 2019 Immersing yourself in silent films offers another level of imagination and escape, one of the few remaining silent-film accompanists says. Liana Finck, The New Yorker, "Dear Pepper: Single for the Holidays and a Media Misfit," 14 Nov. 2019 As Cage explains in a foreword to Richard Bunger’s The Well-Prepared Piano, he was inspired to begin altering the piano while working as an accompanist for a dance class in Seattle. Rachel Hawley, Smithsonian, "How Composer John Cage Transformed the Piano—With the Help of Some Household Objects," 27 June 2017 Even when pianist Dinnerstein and the Emerson String Quartet were playing, there was some unevenness to the writing, the musicians serving more as background accompanists than as integral players in the drama. Howard Reich,, "Ravinia review: Renee Fleming brings to life Andre Previn’s ‘Penelope’," 29 July 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

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“Accompanist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of accompanist

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

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