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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The season ends with a performance featuring Eric Gratz, concertmaster for the San Antonio Symphony, as guest artist. Deborah Martin,, "Conductor Akiko Fujimoto takes up baton again in Texas," 26 June 2019 The conductorless pit orchestra, anchored by an astute continuo section and concertmaster Robert Mealy, served the music with vigor. Globe Staff,, "With ‘Orlando generoso,’ a generous helping of baroque opera," 10 June 2019 According to Sheryl Staples, principal associate concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, her orchestra is now about half women—and the violin section 90 percent female. Maya Chung, The New York Review of Books, "When Women Take the Baton," 26 Mar. 2019 And, among those ladies, many, if not half, are Asian and the concertmaster, Frank Huang, is Chinese-born. George Varga,, "SummerFest music director Cho-Liang 'Jimmy' Lin will bow out with poise and panache," 10 June 2018 The San Diego Symphony players include concertmaster Jeff Thayer and such principals as trumpeter John Wilds and harpist Julie Smith Phillips. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do in San Diego this weekend: San Diego International Fringe Festival, San Diego Festival of the Arts, ‘Wish Man’," 7 June 2019 The concertmaster chair was endowed by the late Anna Sinton Taft. Sarah Brookbank,, "Timothy Lees steps down as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concertmaster," 13 July 2018 On June 7, the Music Box downtown will host a special performance by virtuosic guitarist Mak Grgić and violinist Martin Chalifour, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s concertmaster. Beth Wood,, "Mainly Mozart kicks off 2018 festival as it celebrates its 30th anniversary," 27 May 2018 After decades performing in Australia and London, far from the woman who is now his wife, former Sydney Opera House concertmaster Aubrey Murphy has taken up with Cleveland Opera Theater. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Opera Theater scores big with appointment of maven Aubrey Murphy as new concertmaster," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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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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