con·​cert·​mas·​ter | \ ˈkän(t)-sərt-ˌma-stər How to pronounce concertmaster (audio) \
variants: or concertmeister \ ˈkän(t)-​sərt-​ˌmī-​stər How to pronounce concertmaster (audio) \

Definition of concertmaster

: the leader of the first violins of an orchestra and by custom usually the assistant to the conductor

Examples of concertmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Associate concertmaster Stephanie Jeong gave a captivating, singular performance as the yarn-spinning Sheherazade, her solos limber and richly expressive. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 17 July 2022 Ozinga Chapel in Palos Heights features Azusa Tashiro, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s concertmaster and violinist, and Jacob Hanegan, the orchestra’s principal cellist, as soloists on Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102. Jessi Virtusio,, 20 Apr. 2022 Rimsky-Korsakov uses his gifts as an orchestrator to move from setting to dreamy setting, smartly using the solo violin — played with a silken virtuosity by concertmaster Jeff Thayer — as a motivic emcee over the course of the piece. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 Singing lines and lush harmonies briefly give way to short, fitful solos by violin and viola, played with febrile intensity by concertmaster Robert Chen and guest principal violist Ben Ullery. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 Ukrainian violinist Marko Komonko, 46, will hold the leadership position of concertmaster for the tour, second to the conductor in authority. Ginger Adams Otis, WSJ, 3 May 2022 As his predecessor Neville Marriner did, Bell conducts the Academy orchestra from the concertmaster’s chair. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2022 In an era when big studios had their own in-house orchestras, his grandfather Felix Slatkin was the concertmaster at 20th Century Fox. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 27 Apr. 2022 The concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been appointed the Artistic Creative Partner of the Northbrook Symphony’s current season. Myrna Petlicki,, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of concertmaster

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concertmaster

German Konzertmeister, from Konzert concert + Meister master

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22 Jul 2022

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“Concertmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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