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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Between the two works came a visit from the superstar pianist Lang Lang, making a somewhat low key return to the soloist’s spotlight after a lengthy hiatus due to a left hand injury. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Tanglewood opens with Bernstein’s exuberance, Lang Lang’s return," 8 July 2018 The reputation of Leonard Bernstein — the starry composer, conductor, pianist, and educator — continues to be made and remade more than two and a half decades after his death. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Leonard Bernstein's daughter tells Philly: My dad would love 'Hamilton' and be 'a little jealous'," 28 June 2018 The six-piece band, led by conductor-pianist P. Jason Yarcho, plays vividly. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "‘Bright Star,’ a musical tale of NC mountain life, glows steadily and endearingly," 27 June 2018 The pianist, singer-songwriter's spotlight abandoned him momentarily during his performance to focus on some younger talent. Emily Bloch, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Harry Connick Jr. invites 10-year-old autistic piano prodigy on stage," 21 June 2018 The church is seeking a part-time musician-pianist-organist to assist the director of music. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Church news," 1 June 2018 His two dancers, who hold hands and caress, perform opposite Ryan and a female pianist, whose romance is implied through the camera angles. Dan Allen /, NBC News, "Song, dance and LGBTQ visibility reign supreme at Eurovision Song Contest," 11 May 2018 Schweinfurth, an accomplished pianist, placed 10th in the nation's oldest and most prestigious science contest for high school seniors in March. Betsy Hammond, OregonLive.com, "Oregon's 3 new Presidential Scholars hail from Portland, Medford," 9 May 2018 The performance will feature violinists Cho-Lang Lin and Gary Levinson, violist Michael Klotz, cellist Clive Greensmith and the 2009 Cliburn gold medal pianist, Haochen Zhang. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "Comfy shoes alert: DFW festivals keep top 10 list of things to do moving | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Apr. 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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