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

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Recent Examples on the Web His maternal grandfather was Alfred Eugene Megerlin, the Belgian violinist who became concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. New York Times, 5 May 2021 Belinda Broughton, a veteran concertmaster violinist, has long argued that L.A. would win back much of its lost work if the union got rid of the demand for back-end payments. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2021 As concertmaster, Ostrander is the musicians' leader — and gets the best violin solos. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 Every nuance of richly expressive solos by first assistant principal cellist Richard Weiss and first associate concertmaster Peter Otto emerges in high definition, and when the orchestra lowers to a despairing whisper, the sound is flat-out eerie. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 26 Mar. 2021 Utah Symphony’s concertmaster, Madeline Adkins, commissioned the work and will perform it. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Mar. 2021 Puccini’s Tosca, veteran concertmaster and violinist Raymond Gniewek rushed backstage. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 Brophy, who plays viola, is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Stanislav, who plays violin, is the group’s assistant concertmaster. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2021 Dad moved from a section player to assistant concertmaster to second principal violin and, in his last years, to principal violist. Star Tribune, 28 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of concertmaster was in 1873

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23 May 2021

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“Concertmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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