The Chilean harpsichordist, 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 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. He obtained his doctor of musical arts from Juilliard in 1976.
Lionel 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 USA cities. He has made numerous appearances with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Waverly Consort, Solisti New York, among other ensembles.
Celebrating Bach's 300th anniversary, Lionel Party 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 Orchestra under Erich Leinsdorf in Francis Poulenc's Concert Champêtre and in 2001 under Sir Colin Davis in Frank Martin's Petite Symphonie Concertante. He was a member of The Aulos Ensemble, the Y Chamber Symphony, and Aston Magna. Currently he is a member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Abroad Lionel Party has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Bachsolisten, 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.
Lionel Party has made numerous recordings for Desmar, Musical Heritage Society, Smithsonian, Titanic, Olufsen, and Orion record labels. In addition he has presented broadcast concerts over the RAI of Rome, the East and West German radio networks and USA public radio and television.
Lionel Party has remained at The Juilliard School as a faculty member teaching Baroque music and harpsichord. He also is a member since 1989 of the faculty of The Curtis Institute teaching Baroque music and harpsichord.