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(1) The first violinist of an orchestra; performs the violin solos and sometimes replaces the conductor at rehearsals. In 18th-century instrumental chamber groups, the concertmaster served as conductor.

(2) The leader of one of the string groups in an orchestra (violas, cellos, basses).

(3) A pianist who accompanies vocalists during their concert performances and helps them prepare their parts.

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She studies with Eugene Symphony concert mistress Kathryn Lucktenberg and is a sophomore at South Eugene High School.
Concert mistress Elizabeth Wallfisch was within a half-minute of completing her solo concert at the Carmel Bach Festival when the unthinkable happened: Her 300-year-old baroque violin fell apart.