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. Upon graduation from Curtis he immediately joined the Philadelphia Orchestra, remaining there for nine seasons before accepting the position of Principal Bass of The Minnesota Orchestra, a title he held from 1986 to 2007.
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.
Since 2007 Mr. Lloyd has returned to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony and has served as Guest Principal Bass with The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and for more than two years, the Acting Principal Bass of The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
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 has been a regular participant at The Marlboro School of Music, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Music From Angel Fire, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, BargeMusic in New York, the La Jolla Festival, and Music@Menlo.
In addition to his concert schedule Mr. Lloyd 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, 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, teaches at The New World Symphony, and participates annually at the Taipei Music Academy and Festival.
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.
In addition he has served as a member of the board of directors for The International Society of Bassists.