Born in Chile, Dr. Lionel Party studied piano with Elena Waiss and was a scholarship student at the Musikhochschule in Munich. He received a Fulbright Fellowship to study with Albert Fuller at the Juilliard School, where he earned a doctorate.
Winner of the 1972 International Bach Competition in Leipzig, Dr. Party has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America as recitalist and concerto soloist, and he has made numerous recordings and radio/television appearances in the United States and Europe.
Harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic since 1984, Dr. Party performed with Aston Magna from 1975 to 1992 and was harpsichordist and organizer of the baroque music program at the Grand Teton Music Festival between 1977 and 1996. He was a member of the Aulos Ensemble and the Y Chamber Symphony in New York and founded baroque ensemble La Mela di Newton, which gave its world-premiere performance at Curtis in 2007.
Dr. Party, who also teaches at the Juilliard School, joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1988.
Meet the Faculty: Lionel Party
Overtones, June 1995