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

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In the hands of most pianists, that middle section is merely a meandering placeholder, a respite between two colossal moments of musical brilliance. Will Friedwald, WSJ, "‘A Rhapsody in Blue: The Extraordinary Life of Oscar Levant’ Review," 21 Aug. 2018 In April of last year, the all-star trio of pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding performed at Scullers. Bill Beuttler, BostonGlobe.com, "A lot of love in the air as the TEN Trio grooves at Scullers," 1 July 2018 The Fort Worth location draws an eclectic crowd, especially in the overnight hours, and was a favorite of classical pianist Van Cliburn, who came in one night looking for a quiet table and generously tipped the waitress who served him for years. Robert Philpot And Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Ol' South is adding a 2nd location — south of the first Ol' South," 28 June 2018 And this is where legendary pianist and songwriter Jerry Lee Lewis enters the picture. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "How the heck did an Evel Knievel museum wind up in northeast Kansas?," 26 June 2018 From the sparkling fingers of pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and otherworldly work of ondes martenot specialist Cynthia Millar at the front to the vast percussion section at the back, the forces under Welser-Most played with genuine zeal and aplomb. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra, guests conclude 'Ecstasy' series with stunning 'Divine' program (review)," 30 Apr. 2018 This program features teams of pianists playing two grand pianos, performing repertory ranging over two centuries. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 20 Mar. 2018 The trio consists of pianist Jimin Yun, violinist Eleanor Bartsch and cellist Nazar Dzhuryn. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 8 Mar. 2018 The nominated rapper wowed the crowd in her own right, but the unsung hero of her set was her fiercely talented pianist, Chloe Flower. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pianist Chloe Flower Opens Up About Her Fierce Grammys Performance with Cardi B," 12 Feb. 2019

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1817, in the meaning defined above

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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\

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: a person who plays the piano

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