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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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The concertmaster holds useful and interesting meetings with students.
1, with Jian Wang as soloist; and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, with Philharmonic Acting Concertmaster Sheryl Staples and Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps as soloists.
Wearing a simple black shirt, he began the uniquely challenging piece hesitantly, never quite commanding the orchestra he often leads as concertmaster.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) was a successful composer, violinist and assistant concertmaster.
Tango Cash, owned by Rashid A Rahman Al Jassmi, trained by Omar Al Nesef and ridden by Ali Hassan, upset Concertmaster by a neck in another thrilling race to win the Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Cup, an open race, which also carried a cash prize of BD1,000.
The opening string sextet, led by concertmaster Terence Tam, was especially lovely.
Heiles follows the evolution of the role of the concertmaster, and then describes the history of concertmasters in 12 North American orchestras, such as those in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto, as well as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
The other players, including the conductor's icy wife (played by Jayne Clement), a lusting audience groupie (Matt Ryan), a soprano (Roberta Orlandi) and sneering concertmaster (Klair Bybee) are even more thinly drawn.
Patti Yoon is expecting to be named to the Connecticut All State High School Orchestra first chair All-State Concertmaster for the fourth year in a row when she instead meets Cute Trumpet Guy.
The John Dunlop-trained Kashoof is highly regarded and will be expected to bounce back after failing to handle Goodwood's undulations last time, but she doesn't strike me as the most fluent mover, so I'm prepared to take her on with the in-form Concertmaster.
As a goodwill gesture, the concertmaster performed Yankee Doodle Dandy.
It will be a surprise if there is anything of their calibre in this line-up, in which case Concertmaster should prove very hard to beat as he appears to have more than enough ability to win an ordinary maiden.