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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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Master Blender Ian Chang said Concertmaster Sherry Finish underwent a two-part ageing process.
Wearing a simple black shirt, he began the uniquely challenging piece hesitantly, never quite commanding the orchestra he often leads as concertmaster.
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The Ensemble is led by James Clarke who has been concertmaster of the Philharmonia since 2000, having previously led the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Three of the quartet's artists have now performed together for more than 20 years ( Evans, a prizewinner in the International Tchaikovsky Competition; Boico, former concertmaster of the Orchestre de Paris; and Laufer, former principal cellist of the Hamburg Philharmonic.
Roy Malan is himself a famed concertmaster and solo violinist who studied under Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute, so is the perfect critic to provide biographical embellishment to the life of violinist Efrem Zimbalist, one of the directors of the Curtis Institute of Music.
While the sublime music plays (in its entirety, twice), we hear the conductor's mundane internal monologue--a jumble of narcissistic preening, erotic yearning, and scathing commentary about the concertmaster, the soprano, his wife, and a young man cruising him from the balcony (we hear their thoughts spoken aloud too).
Stamitz is one of those guys who wrote about 75 symphonies, most of them in the Mannheim style, where he served as concertmaster for a time.