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Lionel Party

A native of Santiago, Chile, Lionel Party studied with Elena Waiss at the Escuela Moderna de Musica, graduating in 1965.  In 1966 he was awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst scholarship by the West German government to study piano with Rosl Schmid and harpsichord with Hedwig Bilgram at the Musikhochschule of Munich. In 1970 Mr. Party came to The Juilliard School to study harpsichord with Albert Fuller first as a Fulbright scholar and then as recipient of a Juilliard Alumni grant.  In 1972 he was the First Prize winner in harpsichord in the Fourth International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, and in 1976 he was awarded his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Juilliard.  Mr. Party has played solo recitals in New York City's major concert halls including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frick Collection, Alice Tully Hall, Abraham Goodman House, 92nd St. Y - as well as Boston, Washington and other U.S. cities.  He has made numerous appearances with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Waverly Consort, Solisti New York, among other ensembles.  Celebrating Bach's 300th anniversary, he played Concertos for one, two, three and four harpsichords with the Handel and Haydn Society at Boston's Symphony Hall.

In November 1991, he was soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Erich Leinsdorf in Poulenc's Concert Champêtre and in 2001 under Sir Colin Davis in Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante.  He was a member of Aulos Ensemble, the Y Chamber Symphony, and Aston Magna. Currently he is a member of the New York Philharmonic.  Abroad he has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, German Bach Soloist, South German Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Instrumentale of the Gewandhaus of Leipzig, and has given solo recitals in Leipzig, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Saint-Saphorin, Vevey, Chateau de Coppet, Ottawa and Santiago. In addition Mr. Party has presented broadcast concerts over the RAI of Rome, the East and West German radio networks and U.S. public radio and television. Lionel Party has made numerous recordings for Desmar, Musical Heritage Society, Smithsonian, Titanic, Olufsen, and Orion record labels. Dr. Party has remained at The Juilliard School as a faculty member teaching baroque music and harpsichord.  Since 1989, he also is a member of the faculty of The Curtis Institute teaching baroque music and harpsichord.