The principal member of the first violin section; generally the most skilled violinist in any given orchestra. While technically only in charge of the first violin section, they often make executive decisions in regard to bowings and phrasing for the entire orchestra. They especially enjoy lording over the second violin section.

A great source of insecurity and angst for all concertmasters is the fact that they just weren't good enough to make it as soloists. Their oversized egos to compensate for the fact that they're really just failures inside, always looking up at what could have been if their playing was better.

While the term 'concertmaster' is generally seen as gender-neutral, the term concertmistress is occasionally used for females occupying this role.
Principal second violin: Hey, I heard they filled the concertmaster's spot with someone other than you. What do you know about this guy?

Assistant concertmaster: I heard from a mutual friend at Eastman that he hates his life because he went to Juilliard thinking he was actually going to come out a soloist. Instead, he ended up here, haha!

Principal second violin: No shocker there, but that means he's probably an arrogant, butthurt prima donna who's going to totally suck as a stand partner. I'm so sorry for you!
by Che Criollo May 6, 2020
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Violinist who directs the violin section of an orchestra and plays solos in the absence of a soloist. Known for having the best skills and loudest violin. Must be arrogant with a large ego, otherwise will feel threatened by other members of violin section.
A female is known as a concertmistress
The concertmaster think's he's the shit. That's why he's the concertmaster.
by alexisnot December 15, 2007
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