pi·​a·​nist | \ pē-ˈa-nist How to pronounce pianist (audio) , ˈpē-ə- How to pronounce pianist (audio) \

Definition of pianist

: a person who plays the piano especially : a skilled or professional performer on the piano

Examples of pianist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Famous for her chart-topping vocals, Flack began her musical journey as a pianist. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "Be sure to check out these art shows as museums and galleries start to reopen this fall," 17 Sep. 2020 Monk, a pianist and composer, was fifty-one at the time of the concert. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Thrills and Frustrations of a Rediscovered Thelonious Monk Recording," 15 Sep. 2020 Through the 1960s and 1970s, Pursell continued to work as a session pianist with noteworthy musicians and singers including Johnny Cash, Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins, Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline, Eddy Arnold, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and others. Sharareh Drury, Billboard, "William Pursell, Grammy-Nominated Composer, Dies at 94," 6 Sep. 2020 Stu Katz, a jazz pianist and vibraphonist who was a longtime friend of Mr. Segal’s, confirmed the death, at AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital, but did not specify a cause. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Joe Segal, Impresario of Live Jazz for 70 Years, Dies at 94," 25 Aug. 2020 Join in the conversation and enjoy a fascinating documentary about the life of great pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin and the story of the women whose voices inspired his music. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Virtual community, entertainment events starting Aug. 23," 21 Aug. 2020 Yet his youthful career as a pianist is no longer well remembered, and he is now mostly thought of as a pop singer, one of the most famous of the 20th century. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Straighten Up and Fly Right’ Review: Unforgettable," 14 Aug. 2020 Rollings earned the shot at center stage with his stellar career as a session pianist. Steven Wine, Star Tribune, "Review: Rare spotlight role for superb pianist Matt Rollings," 12 Aug. 2020 Israeli-American pianist Yefim Bronfman will perform Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, before the DSO plays Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Here are highlights from the start of D-FW’s classical music season," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pianist

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Pianist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pianist. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pianist

: a person who plays the piano


pi·​a·​nist | \ pē-ˈa-nist How to pronounce pianist (audio) , ˈpē-ə-nist \

Kids Definition of pianist

: a person who plays the piano

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