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Dictionary Definition

pianist n : a person who plays the piano [syn: piano player]

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see Pianist

English

Etymology

From < pianiste < pianista. Also pian(o) + -ist.

Pronunciation

  • /pi'ænɪst/ (US)
  • /'piənɪst/ (RP)

Noun

  1. A person who plays the piano, particularly with skill or as part of an orchestra.
  2. In the context of "WWII": A spy using radio or wireless telegraphy to keep in touch with headquarters during the Second World War

Synonyms

piano player

Translations

piano player

Romanian

Etymology

pianiste

Pronunciation

Noun

Declension

Slovene

Noun

Extensive Definition

A pianist (/'piənɪst/) is a person who plays the piano. A professional pianist can perform solo pieces, play with an ensemble or orchestra, or accompany one or more singers, solo instrumentalists, or other performers. A performing classical pianist usually starts playing piano at a very young age, some as early as three years old. Many well-known classical composers were also virtuoso pianists including: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Carl Maria von Weber, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Johannes Brahms, Ferruccio Busoni, Anton Rubinstein, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich.
Most western forms of music can make use of the piano. Consequently, pianists have a wide variety of repertoire and styles to choose from, including jazz, classical music, and all sorts of popular music.
Below is a list of well-known or influential contemporary pianists of different genres:

Pop and rock music pianists

Jazz pianists

Gospel pianists

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