In high school, a classmate who was introducing me on stage said, “Eileen Huang is a pianist,” pronouncing “pianist” with an accent on the first syllable: pee-a-nist. Unfortunately he didn’t enunciate the “t,” and everyone in the audience had a good laugh.
Let that be a lesson to everyone on the importance of diction, and a vote in favor of pee-an-ist. On to semantics…
Pianist vs. Collaborative Pianist
I consider “collaborative pianist” to be a more specific description of what I do. It’s like telling someone you’re a novelist or a journalist vs. telling them you’re a writer. Granted, not everyone knows what a collaborative pianist is. The Collaborative