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Dictionary Definition

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

User Contributed Dictionary

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


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


  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


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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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