so·​lo·​ist | \ ˈsō-lə-wist How to pronounce soloist (audio) , -(ˌ)lō-ist\

Definition of soloist

: one who performs a solo

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That moment summed up the joy and appeal of this work, which easily could become standard repertory for piccolo soloists. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: Orchestra's soloists step into the spotlight," 14 June 2019 This was the addition to the program drafted into duty upon Frost’s cancellation, and the soloists from the SPCO handled the new task sublimely. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Let the SPCO send you into summer with memorable Mozart," 8 June 2019 The balance of the concert was given by pianist-organist Jonathan DePeri and baritone soloist Frank Mathis. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "‘Bach to the Future’: Concert to Make One Feel Lucky to Live in New York," 8 June 2019 Dancers include rising star Sydney Dolan (who was recently promoted to demi-soloist), Austin Eyler, Flavia Morante, Santiago Paniagua, and Lucia Erickson, as well as Brandywine Ballet’s Elizabeth Strenge and contemporary dancer Nikolai McKenzie. Ellen Dunkel,, "Hot dates in dance: A BalletX ‘Little Prince,’ rising-star choreographers, and offseason work for Pa. Ballet dancers," 5 June 2019 Two excellent reasons to hear this program: the SSO’s music director designate Thomas Dausgaard will conduct, and the concerto soloist is Garrick Ohlsson, one of today’s most reliably thrilling pianists. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019 Among them: 20 opera soloists, 83 ballet members, 87 orchestral musicians, 10 child dancers and three conductors. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Hungarian Opera and Ballet Take Their Show on the Road," 22 Oct. 2018 Though presented as an orchestra fundraiser, the occasion did not lack for artistic substance, with two formidable soloists – singer Porter and pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin – performing separately alongside the CSO. Howard Reich,, "Gregory Porter sounds sumptuous with CSO," 12 June 2018 But a winning solo, with brightly ballet jumps, came from Craig Salstein, an engaging former company soloist who, after 16 years, here made a farewell appearance with the company. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: From Tap to Sci-Fi Rites at Ballet Theater Gala," 22 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 How to pronounce soloist (audio) \

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: a person who performs a solo

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