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.
Lloyd joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in his last year at Curtis and remained there for more than eight seasons before accepting the position of Principal Bass of The Minnesota Orchestra, a title he held from 1986 to 2007. Since 2007 Lloyd has returned to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has served as Guest Principal Bass with The National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and for three years, the Acting Principal Bass of The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Having dedicated much of his career to the chamber music repertoire, Lloyd has performed with the Guarneri String Quartet, Jamie Laredo at The 92nd street Y and for many years 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, La Jolla Summerfest, Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, BargeMusic in New York City and The Brandenburg Ensemble.
In addition to his concert schedule Peter Lloyd is a regular visitor to the leading music schools in the United States, giving master classes, lectures, and recitals at The Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, The Tanglewood Music Festival and many others. He has served on the faculties of Indiana University, Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota. Since 2010 he has been Professor of Double Bass and Chamber Music at The Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.