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  • n. The first violinist in a symphony orchestra.

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  • n. The first violin in a symphony orchestra; normally plays violin solos


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A calque of German Konzertmeister.


  • The concertmaster is the de facto leader of the orchestra, responsible for all communications between the ensemble and the music director.

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  • Prices of scores were prohibitive -- and though in such works as the Brahms symphonies, for instance, the 'concertmaster's' part should be studied from score, in its relation to the rest of the _partitura_ -- often, merely to obtain a first violin part, I had to acquire the entire set of strings.

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  • In addition to teaching, he played in a string quartet and was concertmaster of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra.

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  • "She has signed my checks now for close to 20 years," says Naples Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Basham.

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  • Squint and you can see a female violinist sitting next to the concertmaster, in the new outfit the orchestra introduced for its -- very few -- woman players.

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  • BARNETT: But Cleveland Orchestra associate concertmaster Amy Lee is still a little uncomfortable with the idea of playing for a noisy crowd that isnt always paying attention.

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  • But via connections in the classical music world, Mr. Mathew said his group was able to secure a date at Carnegie Hall and the participation of musicians like Glenn Dicterow, the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic.

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  • To begin with, violinist Darren Lowe and cellist Blair Lofgren, now concertmaster and principal cello of the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec, respectively, are former members of the RSO (Lowe was RSO concertmaster during 1975-1976, while Lofgren played with the RSO during the 1990s.)

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  • And concertmaster Alexander Barantschik, whom the conductor appointed, has the use of the "David" Guarneri del Gesù violin played by the legendary Jascha Heifetz.

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  • Board members of the Melbourne orchestra, and the ensemble's concertmaster, Wilma Smith , described Mr. VanBesien as a collaborative leader, well-liked by the musicians.

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