so·​lo·​ist | \ˈsō-lə-wist, -(ˌ)lō-ist\

Definition of soloist 

: one who performs a solo

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The light reflected off of the soloist’s silver dress -- and the tinsel in her hair. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "5 Highlights From the First Night of KCON 2018 NY," 25 June 2018 Only two of its six soloists can have specific roles, peri and angel. Mark Swed,, "'Das Paradies': A giant globular tear as ticket to heaven," 4 June 2018 Six corps dancers have been promoted to the middle rank of soloist, joining Alexandra Hughes in what is often the thinnest rank. Ellen Dunkel,, "Pennsylvania Ballet promotes 10 dancers," 7 May 2018 Because of the notorious acoustic vagaries of the Bob Carr Theater, at my seat the sound of soloist Ronald Gardiner’s cello only occasionally could be heard over the other players. Matthew J. Palm,, "Classical music is stuffy, you say? Not in Central Florida," 8 Apr. 2018 This pianistic approach enables him to fulfill the roles of soloist and accompanist simultaneously. Lisa Deaderick,, "Top weekend events: Chick Corea, Chamorro Cultural Festival, Ugly Dog Contest," 23 Mar. 2018 Everything about this masterpiece is big, starting with the forces guest conductor Jun Märkl will lead at the Marcus Center: 106 orchestra members, four vocal soloists and 115 Milwaukee Symphony Chorus members. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 reasons why Beethoven's Ninth is a big deal; Milwaukee Symphony performs it this weekend," 11 June 2018 Guest French horn soloist is Jamie Leff, who grew up in Buffalo Grove, is the second hornist in the Houston Ballet Orchestra, and also performs with the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera, among others. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan symphony celebrates German composers, French horn soloist, in season finale," 4 May 2018 San Francisco Symphony: Conductor Semyon Bychkov returns to lead the orchestra in music by Taneyev, Bruch and Tchaikovsky, with duo pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque as soloists. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joshua Kosman’s classical music picks, May 27," 24 May 2018

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of soloist

: a person who performs a musical solo


so·​lo·​ist | \ˈsō-lə-wist \

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: a person who performs a solo

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