pi·​a·​nist | \pē-ˈa-nist, ˈpē-ə- \

Definition of pianist 

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

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Being surrounded by classical pianists, opera singers, dancers, and actors engaged in the artistic process on such an advanced technical level drilled home for her the importance of hard work. Meredith Talusan, SELF, "Trans Is Beautiful: Laverne Cox on the Work of Self-Love," 17 Oct. 2018 On other nights, Wooley said, Wills and company joined after-hours jam sessions with black blues and jazz performers, such as local standout Ernie Fields, a pianist, trombonist and band leader. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Rockers, punks and cowboys find a rowdy haven at Cain's in Tulsa, Okla.," 14 June 2018 At Northwestern University, Marti Amado was on a path to become a classical pianist, training for a life of performing in front of eager audiences. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Making music to make dreams come true," 10 June 2018 The program’s soloist is pianist Boris Giltburg, the 2013 winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition, performing the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 5. The Seattle Times, "Everything you need to know about the hottest tickets in town: Seattle events for November 2018," 26 Oct. 2018 Virginia enjoyed music and was an ac-complished pianist and vocalist. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Virginia L. Coppola," 12 July 2018 Perfectly in sync with him throughout the 70-minute show is pianist Mark Janas, who underscores speeches as well as songs with sounds that move from glittering to jazzy to martial. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "With 'Broadway and the Bard,' Len Cariou helps us hear the music in Shakespeare," 29 June 2018 Most stupendous was the pianist Markus Hinterhäuser, who, in his spare time, runs the Salzburg Festival. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 His mother, the former Fannie Segal, was a talented pianist who nurtured his musical talents. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Stanley Cavell, Harvard philosopher who also examined popular culture, dies at 91," 22 June 2018

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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, ˈpē-ə-nist\

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: a person who plays the piano

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