A dynamic and powerful recitalist, a sensitive accompanist and an intelligent interpreter of contemporary music, Lloyd Arriola is a highly experienced pianist and conductor who has worked in a variety of musical genres on an international scale. Lloyd has appeared on the stage of New York’s Town Hall in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and with the One World Symphony of New York he performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G in another much-lauded performance. He has performed as an accompanist for distinguished singers such as Lucine Amara, among others. He has conducted West Side Story in the Semper Oper Dresden and Matsumoto Performing Arts Center of Japan, and the national tour of Philip David Stern’s Scrooge–The Musical. Lloyd can also be heard on the recording of Allen and Wallace Shawn’s “play-opera” The Music Teacher, on Bridge Records. And, as an orchestral pianist, Lloyd has worked with such important conductors as Kurt Masur, Jahja Ling, Richard Buckley, Joel Smirnoff, and many others.
As a teenager growing up in San Francisco, California, Lloyd began his career as a conductor for a local performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amelia Goes to the Ball. He has continued to music direct and conduct operas ranging from Julius Caesar to La Boheme to La Serva Padrona and I Can’t Stand Wagner. Recently Lloyd was one of the pianists for the world premiere of the two piano version of William Bolcom’s opera A View from the Bridge with Vertical Player Repertory theatre. Lloyd continues to conduct and play works of the American musical theatre including Cabaret, Gypsy, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors, The Fantasticks, and dozens of others.
Lloyd Arriola studied at The Peabody Institute and at The Juilliard School, where he received his training from Yoheved Kaplinsky. Lloyd received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano from Juilliard in 2002, the first person of Filipino descent to receive his doctoral degree from that institution. He currently serves on the faculty of the Riverdale Country School as their Pianist-in-Residence, and is former faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, William Paterson University, and Montclair State University. Lloyd lives in New York City.
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