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 concertmeister (audio) \

Definition of concertmaster

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

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Recent Examples on the Web First, in September 2018, after his third and longest audition, Tavani was named assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra’s newest members share their stories, memories," 18 June 2020 But despite the news, Drew Irvin — the orchestra’s co-concertmaster — came up with a way to play some music. Washington Post, "This orchestra in Little Rock is performing bedtime lullabies for your self-quarantine," 17 Mar. 2020 Martin Chalifour, principal concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, plays pieces for violin by Bach, Telemann and Prokofiev in the latest installment in this series. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "The L.A. Phil’s Martin Chalifour: Your quarantine must-watch of the day," 13 Apr. 2020 Irvin, the co-concertmaster of the orchestra, came up with the idea after a weekend of shows had to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Washington Post, "This orchestra in Little Rock is performing bedtime lullabies for your self-quarantine," 17 Mar. 2020 Kevin Lin will officially begin as concertmaster in the fall. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Symphony will play the 'Rudy' soundtrack to the movie: Highlights of the 2020-21 season," 4 Mar. 2020 The close, Altstaedt picking up concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef’s line and reducing it to stillness, was exquisite. Washington Post, "National Symphony Orchestra considers the one and the many in program of Grieg, Dvorak and Nielsen," 7 Feb. 2020 The concert was dedicated to the memory of former longtime concertmaster Emanuel Borok, who died Jan. 4. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Conductor Fabio Luisi gets new suavity, subtlety and plenty of drama from the Dallas Symphony," 10 Jan. 2020 After a year-and-a-half search, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has announced its new concertmaster. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announces Kevin Lin as its new concertmaster," 9 Jan. 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Concertmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of concertmaster

chiefly US : a musician who is the leading violin player and the assistant conductor of an orchestra

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