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

Definition of soloist

: one who performs a solo

Examples of soloist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Repeat performances on Friday and Saturday were canceled, although in their place the weekend’s piano soloist, Hélène Grimaud, agreed to join violinist Eunice Keem and cellist Andrés Diaz in chamber works by Schumann, Brahms and Ravel. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Review: Exhilarating Mozart concert by Dallas Symphony, Nicholas McGegan and Hélène Grimaud is followed by COVID cancellations," 15 Jan. 2021 Ma continued his cello studies at Juilliard with the distinguished soloist and teacher Leonard Rose, and graduated from high school at age 15. Jeremy Eichler,, "Music’s first responder: How Yo-Yo Ma answered the pandemic’s call and consoled a reeling nation," 27 Jan. 2021 An 11-year-old Mandeville violinist has brought home yet another prestigious music award and will perform as a soloist with the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra in the spring. Staff Report,, "Mandeville siblings continue ending atop music competitions," 9 Jan. 2021 Such a shape-shifting track could easily teeter into messy territory, but the soloist makes the track both accessible and exciting with his sunny rap style and masterful triplet expertise. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2020: Staff List," 23 Dec. 2020 The original work—choreographed by NYCB soloist and choreographer Peter Walker—was specially created for, and filmed in, Sotheby’s galleries, and kicks off the auction house's upcoming luxury sales series, The Festival of Wonder. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Watch A Special Performance of The Nutcracker, Filmed at Sotheby's," 4 Dec. 2020 Little else is known about his early life, until his sudden appearance as a soloist at the Paris Opera on March 14, 1797. New York Times, "The Behind-the-Scenes Assist That Made Beethoven’s Ninth Happen," 8 Dec. 2020 Associate concertmaster Jung-Min Amy Lee remains a featured soloist. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra amends plans for ‘In Focus’ concert episodes four and five," 24 Nov. 2020 Last month, Style opened up about his time in One Direction, before his success as a soloist. Darlene Aderoju,, "Harry Styles Further Postpones 2021 European Tour amid COVID: 'I Really Hope to Play These Shows'," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of soloist

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Soloist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of soloist

: a person who performs a solo

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