- n. music The lead or primary violin role in an orchestra or other ensemble, or in a musical composition, that typically contains the melody and is often more technically demanding than the second violin role. The first violin role is played by a first violinist, typically the best violinist in the orchestra.
- n. UK (music) The leader of the violin section of a symphony orchestra; the concertmaster.
“While in Paris he was a member of Pasdeloup's celebrated orchestra, and was afterward appointed first violin and soloist in the private orchestra of Baron Derwies, at Nice, of which orchestra Cesar Thomson was also a member.”
“She has recently succeeded Miss Emily Shinner as first violin in the quartet which that talented lady established in England.”
“When his teacher, M. Dellepaine, was taken ill and was unable temporarily to fill his post of first violin at the theatre, and of director of the conservatoire at Genoa, Sivori replaced him in both and gave him the entire benefit of his services.”
“As is well known, he had for his first violin teacher the celebrated Alexander Boucher, with whom he greatly enjoyed playing; but he had a mania for beginning first without paying any attention to the measure; and if M. Boucher made any observation in regard to this, his M.jesty would reply with the greatest coolness, "M.nsieur, it seems to me that it is not my place to wait for you.”
“His first violin was given him by Uncle Jens when he was five years old, and he soon learned to play it well without any instructor.”
“He also became first violin at the Opera Comique, and professor at the Conservatoire, where he formed some excellent pupils, among them being D'Artot, Rovelli, the teacher of Molique, Massart, the teacher of Wieniawski and Teresina Tua, and Lafont, who also became a pupil of De Beriot.”
“Mr. Kneisel has never toured the country as a virtuoso, but has been heard in many of the great cities of America, as solo violinist with the Symphony Orchestra, and as first violin of the Kneisel Quartet.”
“The second violin is Mr. Otto Roth,  a native of Vienna, who played for three years under the baton of Hans Richter, and came to Boston to play first violin in the Symphony Orchestra.”
“The first violin [Schuppanzigh] ruthlessly transported to Siberia.”
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