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

Definition of soloist

: one who performs a solo

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Los Angeles Times British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason was all set to play as a guest soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the Alex Theatre in Glendale this weekend — then Prince Harry and Megan Markle came calling. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Essential Arts: A violinist's royal wedding call, L.A.'s disappeared public art, 'Soft Power' debuts," 19 May 2018 Renowned as a former soloist with Royal Danish Ballet, Englund is beloved as a teacher and coach for her commitment to developing the whole dancer — not just technique, but inner expression, musicality, and healthy lifestyle. Karen Campbell,, "Boston Ballet’s John Lam is set to soar in dances from Balanchine to Bournonville," 10 May 2018 At the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Joshua Weilerstein, a keen Price enthusiast, conducted her 1934 piano concerto with Aaron Diehl as the soloist. Brian Wise, WSJ, "Florence Price in Concert and on Disc: A Harvest of Rediscovery," 5 Dec. 2018 Barbra Streisand — 11 Barbra Streisand is the female soloist with the most No. 1s and is the only artist to have achieved No. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "From The Beatles to Kanye West & Beyond: Artists With the Most No. 1 Albums on the Billboard 200 Chart," 10 June 2018 The eight soloists were responsible for a good amount of the dancing and rose to the occasion, as did the large, lush corps de ballet. Ellen Dunkel,, "Pennsylvania Ballet's 'Jewels' shines at the Academy of Music," 11 May 2018 Contributions from the evening’s vocal soloists were solid if less triumphant. Jeremy Eichler,, "Vivid Handel and Haydn chorus lifts ‘Hercules’," 7 May 2018 The main soloists are his devoted wife, Sarada Devi (glowingly sung by soprano Elissa Johnston) and his acolyte M (the stalwart baritone Christopheren Nomura, who premiered the role). Mark Swed,, "The Pacific Symphony lives up to its name, with the help of India," 13 Apr. 2018 The featured soloist will be symphony mainstay Jeff Thayer, whose 1708 Stradivarius violin is valued at $3 million. Lisa Deaderick,, "Top weekend events: Cherry Blossom Festival, Mariachi competition, City Ballet's 'Giselle'," 9 Mar. 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 \

Kids Definition of soloist

: a person who performs a solo

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