Definitions of instrumentalist

n someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)

musician, player
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Marian Anderson
United States contralto noted for her performance of spirituals (1902-1993)
Louis Armstrong
United States pioneering jazz trumpeter and bandleader (1900-1971)
Johann Sebastian Bach
German baroque organist and contrapuntist; composed mostly keyboard music; one of the greatest creators of western music (1685-1750)
Pearl Mae Bailey
United States singer (1918-1990)
Bela Bartok
Hungarian composer and pianist who collected Hungarian folk music; in 1940 he moved to the United States (1881-1945)
Charles Edward Berry
United States rock singer (born in 1931)
Marc Blitzstein
United States pianist and composer of operas and musical plays (1905-1964)
Anton Bruckner
Austrian organist and composer of romantic music (1824-1896)
William Byrd
English organist and composer of church music; master of 16th century polyphony; was granted a monopoly in music printing with Thomas Tallis (1543-1623)
Maria Meneghini Callas
Greek coloratura soprano (born in the United States) known for her dramatic intensity in operatic roles (1923-1977)
Enrico Caruso
outstanding Italian operatic tenor (1873-1921)
Pablo Casals
an outstanding Spanish cellist noted for his interpretation of Bach's cello suites (1876-1973)
Johnny Cash
United States country music singer and songwriter (1932-2003)
Maurice Chevalier
French actor and cabaret singer (1888-1972)
Frederic Francois Chopin
French composer (born in Poland) and pianist of the romantic school (1810-1849)
Arcangelo Corelli
Italian violinist and composer of violin concertos (1653-1713)
Francois Couperin
French composer of music for organ and a member of a family of distinguished organists (1668-1733)
Harry Lillis Crosby
United States singer and film actor (1904-1977)
Karl Czerny
Austrian virtuoso pianist and composer of many works for the piano; studied with Beethoven and was a teacher of Liszt (1791-1857)
Miles Dewey Davis Jr.
United States jazz musician; noted for his trumpet style (1926-1991)
Maria Magdalene von Losch
United States film actress (born in Germany) who made many films with Josef von Sternberg and later was a successful cabaret star (1901-1992)
Placido Domingo
Spanish operatic tenor noted for performances in operas by Verdi and Puccini (born in 1941)
Antoine Domino
United States rhythm and blues pianist and singer and composer (born in 1928)
John Dowland
English lutenist and composer of songs for the lute (1563-1626)
Bob Dylan
United States songwriter noted for his protest songs (born in 1941)
Edward Kennedy Ellington
United States jazz composer and piano player and bandleader (1899-1974)
Georges Enesco
Romanian violinist and composer (1881-1955)
Manuel de Falla
Spanish composer and pianist (1876-1946)
Eileen Farrell
United States operatic soprano noted for the clarity and power of her voice (1920-2002)
Ella Fitzgerald
United States scat singer (1917-1996)
Judy Garland
United States singer and film actress (1922-1969)
John Birks Gillespie
United States jazz trumpeter and exponent of bebop (1917-1993)
Benjamin David Goodman
United States clarinetist who in 1934 formed a big band (including black as well as white musicians) and introduced a kind of jazz known as swing (1909-1986)
Stephane Grappelli
French jazz violinist (1908-1997)
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie
United States folk singer and songwriter (1912-1967)
William John Clifton Haley Jr.
United States rock singer who was one of the first to popularize rock'n'roll music (1925-1981)
Lionel Hampton
United States musician who was the first to use the vibraphone as a jazz instrument (1913-2002)
George Harrison
English rock star; lead guitarist of the Beatles (1943-2001)
Coleman Hawkins
United States jazz saxophonist (1904-1969)
James Marshall Hendrix
United States guitarist whose innovative style with electric guitars influenced the development of rock music (1942-1970)
Woodrow Charles Herman
United States jazz musician and bandleader (1913-1987)
Dame Myra Hess
English pianist (1890-1965)
Charles Hardin Holley
United States rock star (1936-1959)
Lena Calhoun Horne
United States singer and actress (born in 1917)
Marilyn Horne
United States operatic mezzo-soprano (born 1934)
Vladimir Horowitz
Russian concert pianist who was a leading international virtuoso (1904-1989)
Julio Iglesias
Spanish singer noted for his ballads and love songs (born in 1943)
Mahalia Jackson
United States singer who did much to popularize gospel music (1911-1972)
Michael Joe Jackson
United States singer who began singing with his four brothers and later became a highly successful star during the 1980s (born in 1958)
Michael Philip Jagger
English rock star (born in 1943)
Joseph Joachim
Hungarian violinist and composer (1831-1907)
Asa Yoelson
United States singer (born in Russia) who appeared in the first full-length talking film (1886-1950)
Janis Joplin
United States singer who died of a drug overdose at the height of her popularity (1943-1970)
Riley B King
United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925)
Fritz Kreisler
United States violinist (born in Austria) (1875-1962)
Wanda Landowska
United States harpsichordist (born in Poland) who helped to revive modern interest in the harpsichord (1879-1959)
Sir Harry MacLennan Lauder
Scottish ballad singer and music hall comedian (1870-1950)
Huddie Leadbetter
United States folk singer and composer (1885-1949)
John Lennon
English rock star and guitarist and songwriter who with Paul McCartney wrote most of the music for the Beatles (1940-1980)
Jerry Lee Lewis
United States rock star singer and pianist (born in 1935)
Swedish Nightingale
Swedish soprano who toured the United States under the management of P. T. Barnum (1820-1887)
Franz Liszt
Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso (1811-1886)
Madonna Louise Ciccone
United States pop singer and sex symbol during the 1980s (born in 1958)
Robert Nesta Marley
Jamaican singer who popularized reggae (1945-1981)
Dino Paul Crocetti
United States singer (1917-1995)
Sir James Paul McCartney
English rock star and bass guitarist and songwriter who with John Lennon wrote most of the music for the Beatles (born in 1942)
John McCormick
United States operatic tenor (born in Ireland) (1884-1945)
Helen Porter Mitchell
Australian operatic soprano (1861-1931)
Lauritz Lebrecht Hommel Melchior
United States operatic tenor (born in Denmark) noted for his Wagnerian roles (1890-1973)
Sir Yehudi Menuhin
British violinist (born in the United States) who began his career as a child prodigy in the 1920s (1916-1999)
Ethel Merman
United States singer who appeared in several musical comedies (1909-1984)
Thelonious Sphere Monk
United States jazz pianist who was one of the founders of the bebop style (1917-1982)
James Douglas Morrison
United States rock singer (1943-1971)
Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe Morton
United States jazz musician who moved from ragtime to New Orleans jazz (1885-1941)
Marta Brigit Nilsson
Swedish operatic soprano who played Wagnerian roles (born in 1918)
Jessye Norman
United States operatic soprano (born in 1945)
Joseph Oliver
United States jazz musician who influenced the style of Louis Armstrong (1885-1938)
Roy Orbison
United States composer and rockabilly tenor popular in the 1950s (1936-1988)
Ignace Jan Paderewski
Polish pianist who in 1919 served as the first Prime Minister of independent Poland (1860-1941)
Niccolo Paganini
Italian violinist and composer of music for the violin (1782-1840)
Charles Christopher Parker
United States saxophonist and leader of the bop style of jazz (1920-1955)
Luciano Pavarotti
Italian tenor (born in 1935)
Edith Giovanna Gassion
French cabaret singer (1915-1963)
Alice-Josephine Pons
United States coloratura soprano (born in France) (1904-1976)
Rosa Melba Ponselle
United States soprano (1897-1981)
Francis Poulenc
French pianist and composer (1899-1963)
Elvis Aron Presley
United States rock singer whose many hit records and flamboyant style greatly influenced American popular music (1935-1977)
Mary Leontyne Price
United States operatic soprano (born 1927)
Henry Purcell
English organist at Westminster Abbey and composer of many theatrical pieces (1659-1695)
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
composer and piano virtuoso born in Russia (1873-1943)
Paul Bustill Robeson
United States bass singer and an outspoken critic of racism and proponent of socialism (1898-1976)
Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein
Russian composer and pianist (1829-1894)
Arthur Rubinstein
United States pianist (born in Poland) known for his interpretations of the music of Chopin (1886-1982)
Lillian Russell
United States entertainer remembered for her roles in comic operas (1861-1922)
Charles Camille Saint-Saens
French pianist and composer (1835-1921)
Artur Schnabel
United States composer (born in Austria) and pianist noted for his interpretations of the works of Mozart and Beethoven and Schubert (1882-1951)
Clara Josephine Schumann
German pianist and composer of piano music; renowned for her interpretation of music, especially the music of her husband Robert Schumann (1819-1896)
Ernestine Schumann-Heink
United States operatic contralto (1861-1936)
Albert Schweitzer
French philosopher and physician and organist who spent most of his life as a medical missionary in Gabon (1875-1965)
Peter Seeger
United States folk singer who was largely responsible for the interest in folk music in the 1960s (born in 1919)
Andres Segovia
Spanish guitarist who made classical guitar a concert instrument (1893-1987)
Rudolf Serkin
United States concert pianist (born in Czechoslovakia) (1903-1991)
Ravi Shankar
Indian sitar player who popularized classical Indian music in the West (born in 1920)
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
United States clarinetist and leader of a swing band (1910-2004)
Belle Miriam Silverman
United States operatic soprano (born in 1929)
Paul Simon
United States singer and songwriter (born in 1942)
Francis Albert Sinatra
United States singer and film actor (1915-1998)
Bessie Smith
United States blues singer (1894-1937)
Kathryn Elizabeth Smith
United States singer noted for her rendition of patriotic songs (1909-1986)
Richard Starkey
rock star and drummer for the Beatles (born in 1940)
Isaac Stern
United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
Barbra Joan Streisand
United States singer and actress (born in 1942)
Dame Joan Sutherland
Australian operatic soprano (born in 1926)
Thomas Tallis
English organist and composer of church and secular music; was granted a monopoly in music printing with William Byrd (1505-1585)
Arthur Tatum
United States jazz pianist who was almost completely blind; his innovations influenced many other jazz musicians (1910-1956)
Renata Tebaldi
Italian operatic soprano (born in 1922)
Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa
New Zealand operatic soprano (born in 1944)
Helen Traubel
United States operatic soprano (1903-1972)
Sarah Vaughan
United States jazz singer noted for her complex bebop phrasing and scat singing (1924-1990)
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
Italian baroque composer and violinist (1675-1741)
Thomas Wright Waller
United States jazz musician (1904-1943)
Ethel Waters
United States actress and singer (1896-1977)
Hiram King Williams
United States country singer and songwriter (1923-1953)
Tammy Wynetter Pugh
United States country singer (1942-1998)
Lester Willis Young
United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959)
Efrem Zimbalist
United States violinist (born in Russia) (1889-1985)
Pinchas Zukerman
Israeli violinist (born in 1948)
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accompanist, accompanyist
a person who provides musical accompaniment (usually on a piano)
a musician who plays the accordion
a player in a band (especially a military band)
a musician who play the bass viol
a musician who plays the bassoon
bell ringer
someone who plays musical handbells
a musician who plays a carillon
cellist, violoncellist
someone who plays a violoncello
clarinetist, clarinettist
a musician who plays the clarinet
flautist, flute player, flutist
someone who plays the flute
a musician who performs upon the viola da gamba
guitar player, guitarist
a musician who plays the guitar
harmoniser, harmonizer
a musician who sings or plays in harmony
harper, harpist
someone who plays the harp
someone who plays the harpsichord
a musician who plays a horn (especially a French horn)
jazz musician, jazzman
a musician who plays or composes jazz music
a musician who plays a keyboard instrument
koto player
a musician who plays the koto
lutanist, lutenist, lutist
a musician who plays the lute
a musician who plays the oboe
a person who plays an organ
a musician who plays percussion instruments
pianist, piano player
a person who plays the piano
bagpiper, piper
someone who plays the bagpipe
recorder player
someone who plays the recorder
rhythm and blues musician
a performer (and sometimes composer) of rhythm and blues music
rock 'n' roll musician, rocker
a performer or composer or fan of rock music
saxist, saxophonist
a musician who plays the saxophone
singer, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer
a person who sings
sitar player
a musician who plays the sitar
a musician who performs a solo
trombone player, trombonist
a musician who plays the trombone
cornetist, trumpeter
a musician who plays the trumpet or cornet
vibist, vibraphonist
a musician who plays the vibraphone
fiddler, violinist
a musician who plays the violin
a musician who plays the viola
a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef
alto saxophonist, altoist
a musician who plays the alto saxophone
baritone, barytone
a male singer
bass, basso
an adult male singer with the lowest voice
someone who plays a bugle
a female singer
caroler, caroller
a singer of carols
a male singer who was castrated before puberty and retains a soprano or alto voice
a singer in a choir
a woman singer having a contralto voice
balladeer, crooner
a singer of popular ballads
a performer on the cymbals
someone who plays a drum
folk singer, jongleur, minstrel, poet-singer, troubadour
a singer of folk songs
a singer who produces a tune without opening the lips or forming words
lieder singer
a singer of lieder
a singer of madrigals
opera star, operatic star
singer of lead role in an opera
pipe major
the chief piper in a band of bagpipes
someone who performs rap music
a musician who gives recitals
rock star
a famous singer of rock music
a person who sings
a female singer
a musician who plays syncopated jazz music (usually in a dance band)
an adult male with a tenor voice
tenor saxophonist, tenorist
a musician who plays the tenor saxophone
a woman who sings popular songs
torch singer
a singer (usually a woman) who specializes in singing torch songs
(metonymy) a singer
a singer; usually a singer who adds embellishments to the song
someone who plays a xylophone
a singer who changes register rapidly (popular is Swiss folk songs)
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performer, performing artist
an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience

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