Definition of virtuoso in English:

virtuoso

Pronunciation /ˌvəːtʃʊˈəʊsəʊ//ˌvəːtʃʊˈəʊzəʊ/

noun

  • 1A person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit:

    ‘a celebrated clarinet virtuoso’
    [as modifier] ‘virtuoso guitar playing’
    • ‘Johan becomes a virtuoso of classical music, a driving force who cannot be ignored.’
    • ‘Walker began his musical career as a virtuoso pianist, with composing and teaching work coming later.’
    • ‘It also excludes music for virtuoso display in the large concert hall, even though only a few instruments may be involved.’
    • ‘He's an extraordinary fiddle player with a virtuoso technique married to musical mind that won't take anything for granted.’
    • ‘It is not enough to see the painting as a virtuoso manipulation of historical styles.’
    • ‘Such virtuoso, highly finished bronze groups can be seen as the last gasp of the great tradition of Florentine art.’
    • ‘This virtuoso short story collection is emotionally uncompromising and stylistically daring.’
    • ‘Masters like Sorolla, Bouguereau, Zorn and Repin were painting virtuosos.’
    • ‘However, there are so few viola concerti - especially by major composers - that virtuosi seemed driven to perform it anyway.’
    • ‘Is it a study, which is unusual for copper, or an exercise in virtuoso brushwork, for which it seems unusually small?’
    • ‘All this music needs is a virtuoso with technique to burn and a grand array of tonal colors.’
    • ‘The next week they toured Europe with a Bartok third quartet that had virtuoso fiddlers agape with admiration.’
    • ‘The title makes obvious reference to basketball, a sport of virtuoso movement.’
    • ‘With them, the concerto moves from the virtuoso star turn to distinguished collaboration.’
    • ‘The work is a sophisticated, synoptic genre piece, its composition and bravura brushwork invoking forerunners from flashy late Mannerists to late Baroque virtuosos such as Crespi or Piazzetta.’
    • ‘Now the virtuoso guitarist/composer's classical roots are calling him back.’
    • ‘Something else they share is that neither is recognised as a virtuoso showpiece for the pianist.’
    • ‘He joins the illustrious ranks of blind virtuosos, alongside renowned organists and other musicians who have triumphed against physical handicap.’
    • ‘The musicians from the Laureate trio staged a virtuoso performance at a concert marking the launching of their new album on Monday.’
    • ‘Puritan writers in New England were virtuosos of the genre.’
    genius, expert, master, master hand, artist, maestro, prodigy, marvel, adept, past master, specialist, skilled person, professional, doyen, authority, veteran
    star, champion
    wunderkind
    hotshot, wizard, wiz, whizz, whizz-kid, alpha geek, ninja, buff, pro, ace, something else, something to shout about, something to write home about
    dab hand
    maven, crackerjack
    skilful, expert, accomplished, masterly, master, consummate, proficient, talented, gifted, adept, adroit, dexterous, deft, able, good, competent, capable, efficient, experienced, professional, polished, well versed, smart, clever, artful, impressive, outstanding, exceptional, exceptionally good, magnificent, supreme, first-rate, first-class, fine, brilliant, excellent, dazzling, bravura
    superb, out of this world, stellar, mean, ace, crack, a1, genius
    badass
    proficient
    shit-hot
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  • 2A person with a special knowledge of or interest in works of art or curios.

    • ‘To be sure, the book has a good deal to say about how the curious - virtuosi, novelists, journalists, impertinent women, collectors, connoisseurs, and so on - were represented.’
    • ‘In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries they were among the natural specimens collected by virtuosi, or amateur scientists, who kept their collections in specialized cabinets of curiosity.’
    • ‘Yet proverbs were objects of curiosity, collected on an encyclopedic scale by Italian virtuosi as well as other European scholars throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.’
    • ‘A wonderfully fluent technician, who moved in virtuosi circles, Lely recorded the worlds of politics and fashion alike, and sometimes revealed undoubted powers of character penetration.’
    • ‘Bourgeois collectors began to play a part, and Mancini's treatise Considerazioni sulla pittura, addressed to the gentleman amateur, advised virtuosi on how to form a collection of paintings.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Italian, literally learned, skilful, from late Latin virtuosus (see virtuous).

Pronunciation

virtuoso

/ˌvəːtʃʊˈəʊsəʊ//ˌvəːtʃʊˈəʊzəʊ/