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A virtuoso is a musician who has attained the highest level of skill at playing a specific instrument. Virtuosos can play any piece of music written for their instrument.

Vivaldi's violin concertos were the first pieces of music written specifically for virtuosos.

Modern guitar virtuosos include Steve Vai, Jeff Beck, and Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

Modern harpsichord virtuoso include Hendrik Bouman, Kethil Haugsand, Ton Koopman, Gustav Leonhardt, Trevor Pinnock, Andreas Staier