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Definition of cellist

: a cello player a yard-long implement that looks just like a cellist's bow, only larger.— Donovan Hohn

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Over the years, with its high concentration of faculty from the Cleveland Orchestra, CIM has become a destination for young violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Hopefuls flock to Cleveland by the hundreds for audition day at Cleveland Institute of Music," 1 Mar. 2018 The model finds herself among a diverse crowd, along with two supporting characters—a hijabi photographer and a male cellist—in the three-minute-long commercial. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Music Is the Redeeming Factor of Kendall Jenner's Pepsi Commercial," 4 Apr. 2017 There was the choir, the teenage cellist, the sermon, everything about Doria Ragland. Vogue, "The Top Feel-Good Viral Moments of 2018," 25 Dec. 2018 Past participants include the pianist Igor Levit, the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras — all artists with an appetite for adventure and wide-ranging collaboration. Corinna Da Fonseca-wollheim, New York Times, "Europe’s ‘Rising Star’ Musicians Give as Much as They Get," 30 Jan. 2018 Later, a black cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, played for the congregation while the royal couple disappeared from view to sign the wedding register. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Royal wedding 2018: Black bishop makes history, mentions slavery in American-style sermon," 19 May 2018 Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the 19-year-old cellist who played at their wedding, was the first black musician to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "The surprise star of Harry and Meghan’s wedding: Bishop Michael Curry from Chicago," 19 May 2018 In this Jacobs Masterworks concert, the San Diego Symphony welcomes young Romanian cellist Andrei Ionita, who will perform English composer Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: Branford Marsalis, California Ballet Company 'The Great Gatsby,' Julian Gold Rush Days," 6 Apr. 2018 The Sunday ceremony featured a performance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and young people wrapped in yellow scarfs reading letters from soldiers who fought in the conflict. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Macron Sounds Warning on Nationalism as Leaders Mark Armistice Day," 11 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of cellist

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cellist was in 1856

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English Language Learners Definition of cellist

: a person who plays the cello

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