Adjective "virtuoso" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit.
  1. as modifier 'virtuoso guitar playing'
  2. 'All this music needs is a virtuoso with technique to burn and a grand array of tonal colors.'
  3. 'Now the virtuoso guitarist/composer's classical roots are calling him back.'
  4. 'He joins the illustrious ranks of blind virtuosos, alongside renowned organists and other musicians who have triumphed against physical handicap.'
  5. 'Walker began his musical career as a virtuoso pianist, with composing and teaching work coming later.'
  6. 'However, there are so few viola concerti - especially by major composers - that virtuosi seemed driven to perform it anyway.'
  7. 'It also excludes music for virtuoso display in the large concert hall, even though only a few instruments may be involved.'
  8. 'Masters like Sorolla, Bouguereau, Zorn and Repin were painting virtuosos.'
  9. 'Something else they share is that neither is recognised as a virtuoso showpiece for the pianist.'
  10. 'It is not enough to see the painting as a virtuoso manipulation of historical styles.'
  11. 'Johan becomes a virtuoso of classical music, a driving force who cannot be ignored.'
A person with a special knowledge of or interest in works of art or curios.
  1. '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.'
  2. '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.'

More definitions

1. a person who has special knowledge or skill in a field.

2. a person who excels in musical technique or execution.

3. a person who has a cultivated appreciation of artistic excellence, as a connoisseur or collector of objects of art, antiques, etc.

4. Obsolete. a person who has special interest or knowledge in the arts and sciences; scientist; scholar. adjective

5. Also, virtuosic[vur-choo-os-ik]/ˌvɜr tʃuˈɒs ɪ

More examples(as adjective)

"performances can be virtuoso."

"displays can be virtuoso."

"pianists can be virtuoso."

"musics can be virtuoso."

"goals can be virtuoso."

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