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 various combinations, the series features goth and indie singers (Zola Jesus, Low Leaf), a poet and rapper (Saul Williams), a classical pianist (Gloria Cheng) and music by Cage and Pauline Oliveros. Catherine Womack, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Christopher Rountree’s pursuit of music magic inspired by Descanso Gardens," 6 Sep. 2019 An accomplished pianist, music performance and teaching were central to Polly's many ministries. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/6," 6 Sep. 2019 Two pianists – one with long-standing local ties – have performances on the calendar this Sunday, with both programs featuring music by Beethoven. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "2 dazzling pianists set to perform this weekend in Bay Area," 3 Sep. 2019 Amid the chaos after the Soviet collapse, Luka Okros, now a 28-year-old pianist, startled his parents by showing signs of genius at the age of four. The Economist, "A culture clash in the Caucasus," 29 Aug. 2019 Legendary Latin music pianist, arranger and composer Eddie Palmieri is scheduled to play two shows Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Latin musician Palmieri at Dakota after Ordway cancellation," 27 Aug. 2019 Local pianists — some teachers, some renowned concert professionals — will play period pieces from as early as the 1800s. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Pianos bring creativity, inspiration to San Francisco’s Fort Point," 23 Aug. 2019 More recently pianist Helen Sung — a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts — has been a featured member. Houston Chronicle, "The Must List: Mogwai, Asian action movies," 15 Aug. 2019 Allen Wilber, an amateur pianist, encouraged Bob’s budding love of jazz and took him to Carnegie Hall in 1943 for Duke Ellington’s first concert there. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Bob Wilber, Champion of Jazz’s Legacy, Is Dead at 91," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pianist

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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