con·cert·mas·ter | \ˈkän(t)-sərt-ˌma-stər \
variants: or concertmeister \ˈkän(t)-sərt-ˌmī-stər \

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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Laurel Gagnon, a native of New Hampshire who is the concertmaster of the ICM Chamber Orchestra at Park University, recently earned fourth prize at the Singapore International Violin Competition. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events May 10-16: NASCAR racing, Royals, Tiffany Haddish, Trevor Noah, ‘Peter Pan’ | The Kansas City Star," 8 May 2018 New Century Chamber Orchestra: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein joins the orchestra and guest concertmaster Zachary DePue in the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass’ Piano Concerto, along with music by Bach, Purcell, Geminiani and Bryce Dessner. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area arts and entertainment picks, May 16," 15 May 2018 Following Milwaukee's performance, the West Coast premiere will occur on March 17, played by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Margaret Batjer with conductor Jeffrey Kahane leading the LACO. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony to perform Pierre Jalbert's new violin concerto," 14 Feb. 2018 De Pue became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when he was appointed in 2007. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Zach De Pue leaves after more than a decade," 27 June 2018 Assistant conductor Stephan Mulligan and associate concertmaster Justin Bruns will lead the orchestra during an evening that many would describe as magnifico. Nicole D. Smith, ajc, "Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, May 10," 11 May 2018 The Festival Orchestra, comprised of concertmasters and principals from orchestras across the continent, played without vibrato in an early music style — on modern instruments. Christian Hertzog,, "A rare, fiery performance of a Rebel ballet kicks off Mainly Mozart Festival," 10 June 2018 The inaugural Mainly Mozart festival was held over 10 days in 1989 with Atherton as music director, Laturno as executive director and William Preucil as concertmaster. Beth Wood,, "Mainly Mozart kicks off 2018 festival as it celebrates its 30th anniversary," 27 May 2018 Mention must be made of flutist Krista-Marie Aulak and concertmaster Julia Schilz, who were superb in the important solos, as well as the energetic percussion section, which was outstanding here (as well as in the Danielpour). Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra's 'Prometheus Project' gets off to fiery start: review," 11 May 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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: a musician who is the leading violin player and the assistant conductor of an orchestra

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