Peter Lockwood was born in New Zealand, where he received his initial musical and linguistic training. He continued his studies in piano, continuo work and conducting in London at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. Peter Lockwood then joined the music staff of Scottish Opera under Sir Alexander Gibson, where in addition to his work with the main company he also toured Scotland in charge of three productions. He became a member of the music staff of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels in 1983, working under Gerard Mortier, Sir John Pritchard, Sylvain Cambreling, Friedemann Layer and Michael Schønwandt during the time that the company gained and confrmed its reputation as one of the leading European contemporary opera houses.
He was invited to join the music staff of De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam in 1993. Conductors with whom he has collaborated there include Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons, Hartmut Haenchen, Riccardo Chailly, Edo de Waart, Yves Abel, Carlo Rizzi, Marc Albrecht, Friedrich Haider, Constantinos Carydis, Giuliano Carella, Ralf Weikert, Ed Spanjaard, Ingo Metzmacher, Hans Vonk, Daniele Callegari and Paolo Carignani.
He has accompanied many singers for appearances on French, Belgian, Dutch and German radio and television. He is also a recital accompanist, performing regularly with Dutch, French, British, American and German singers in concerts throughout Europe.
He works regularly with young singers at the start of their careers and has given master classes and courses for young singers and repetiteurs in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Great Britain and the United States. Peter Lockwood is currently vocal and artistic consultant for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. He has been a jury member for vocal competitions and conservatory examinations in Holland, Belgium, Germany and Albania.