tim·​pa·​nist | \ ˈtim-pə-nist How to pronounce timpanist (audio) \
variants: or less commonly tympanist

Definition of timpanist

: a person who plays the timpani

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra timpanist James Wyman fears that the unexpected loss of his salary this summer will delay scheduled surgery that could improve the hearing of his 7-year-old son. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "'I just want to work': BSO musicians say threatened job cuts could disrupt lives, jeopardize needed healthcare," 5 June 2019 The first movement cadenza, which Kopatchinsakaja patterned after one Beethoven wrote for a piano transcription of the concerto, had her in riotous dialogue with the timpanist and other members of the ensemble. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Beethoven rolls over at the Ojai Music Festival," 8 June 2018 During Brahms, Grimaud gave the sort of fierce performance associated with her younger self, not to mention principal timpanist Don Liuzzi making his bone-shaking presence felt from the rear of the orchestra. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Orchestra's first day in Israel: 'Want to hear more?' asks Yannick," 3 June 2018 During the Louisiana Philharmonic’s performance, the strings were frequently swamped by the timpanists (Jim Atwood and Paul Yancich, stationed at the front of Carnegie’s stage). Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: Philip Glass Is Celebrated, but Not With His Best," 28 Feb. 2018 Stephan steps up at the Conservatory The San Francisco Conservatory of Music adds another top musician to its faculty: San Francisco Symphony principal timpanist Ed Stephan. Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, "Brazilian guitarist Peixoto to play original tunes with his quintet in Oakland," 27 Feb. 2018 Joseph Pereira, the orchestra’s principal timpanist, proved an especially important agent of elevation by giving the rhythmic drive at the center of Bruckner an extra lift. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Bruckner as a holiday treat? The L.A. Phil thinks so," 15 Dec. 2017 Mr. Boznos, the company’s chief timpanist, wrote the piece in honor of the company. Compiled By Christopher D. Shea, New York Times, "Opera, Ballet and More Treats for Fall: Global Arts Guide," 26 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of timpanist

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of timpanist was in 1906

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