A native of Philadelphia, Peter Lloyd is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Settlement Music School, having studied with Roger Scott and Eligio Rossi. Mr. Lloyd joined The Philadelphia Orchestra during his final year at Curtis, remaining there for nine seasons before accepting the position of Principal Bass of The Minnesota Orchestra, a title he held from 1986 to 2007. Since 2007 Mr. Lloyd has returned to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has served as Guest Principal Bass with The National Arts Centre Orchestra under Pinchas Zukerman, The Hong Kong Philharmonic under Edo DeWaart, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and for more than two years, the Acting Principal Bass of The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Jeffrey Kahane.
Throughout his career Mr. Lloyd has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Klaus Tennstedt, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov, Eugene Ormandy and James Levine.
Having dedicated much of his career to the chamber music repertoire, Mr. Lloyd has performed with the Guarneri String Quartet, Jamie Laredo at The 92nd Street Y and for many years with members of the Budapest, Guarneri, Tokyo, Emerson, Juilliard and Orion string quartets as well as the Beaux Arts Trio, Opus 1 Piano Quartet and the Penderecki, Miami, Miro, Brentano and Borromeo Quartets. He has been a regular participant at The Marlboro School of Music, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Northwest, Music From Angel Fire, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, The Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Boston Chamber Music Society, The Brandenburg Ensemble, BargeMusic in New York City and La Musica. His concerts with these groups have taken him throughout North America, Europe and the Far East.
Mr. Lloyd has recorded with many of the major recording labels, having participated in dozens of recordings with RCA, EMI, Sony, Telarc, Virgin Classical, BIS, and Reference Recordings.
In addition to his concert schedule, Mr. Lloyd maintains an active teaching career. He is a regular visitor to many of the leading music schools in the United States, giving master classes, lectures and recitals at The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, The Tanglewood Music Festival, The Manhattan School of Music, The Mannes School, Indiana University, The Peabody Conservatory, The Chautauqua Institute, Youth Orchestra of the Americas and many others.
He serves as an annual coach at The New York String Orchestra Seminar held at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Jamie Laredo, is a regular visiting teacher at The New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and has been invited to teach and perform in China at The Guangzhou International Music Academy and The Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
Over the span of his career Mr. Lloyd has served on the faculties of Indiana University, Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota. In 2010 he joined the faculty of The Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles as Professor of Double Bass and Chamber Music.
He has also served as a member of the board of directors for The International Society of Bassists.