pi·​a·​nist pē-ˈa-nist How to pronounce pianist (audio) ˈpē-ə- How to pronounce pianist (audio)
: a person who plays the piano
especially : a skilled or professional performer on the piano

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The orchestral works were then followed by an appearance of the soul singer Danielle Ponder, who performed two of her songs and a powerful rendition of a spiritual accompanied by the L.A. Phil and pianist Avis Reese. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 In addition, Palmer will team up next Saturday with fellow pianist Carl Sonny Leyland for a double-keyboard romp. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 Scorsese was a recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors alongside Steve Martin, pianist Leon Fleisher, Diana Ross and songwriter Brian Wilson. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2022 Shorter, alongside drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, bassist Esperanza Spalding and pianist Leo Genovese, received a Best Jazz Instrumental Album nomination. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 17 Nov. 2022 Bilson, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Ronald Brautigam, among others, had undertaken similar projects; a vigorous survey by the pianist-scholar Robert Levin is now available on the ECM label. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 That's where an older pianist plugged an iPod earbud into his younger counterpart's ear, a Robert Glasper recording that stunned him with its rhythms and hip-hop influences. The Indianapolis Star, 4 Nov. 2022 Attendees were treated to musical performances by pianist BLKBOK and tenor Lawrence Brownlee as well as an art auction including works by Nicole Eisenmann, Dana Schutz, Oscar Murillo, and Marlene Dumas. The Editors, Town & Country, 3 Nov. 2022 The starry event also features wrestling legends like Hulk Hogan (played by Brock O'Hurn) and Mr. T (Jason Jenkins), as well as pianist and one-time WrestleMania timekeeper Liberace (Peter Gardner). Devan Coggan, EW.com, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pianist was in 1817

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“Pianist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pianist. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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