- the leader of the first violins in a symphony orchestra, who is usually also the assistant to the conductor.
Origin of concertmaster
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Examples from the Web for concertmaster
I was concertmaster of the conservatory orchestra while studying with Hubay.
Like his brother he was also distinguished by the title of Chamber Virtuoso and Concertmaster.
In appreciation of his performances he received from the King of Prussia the title of Concertmaster.
In the year 1881 he returned to Europe, and was engaged as successor to the Concertmaster, Jul.
My first teacher was my father, a good violinist and concertmaster of the Vilna Symphony Orchestra.
- a US and Canadian word for leader (def. 2a)
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