Chris Lomheim began playing music at age seven, studying organ until his
teens where he switched from organ to piano studying with legendary
Minneapolis instructor Herb Wigley. In his later teens Chris studied with mentor
Brazilian pianist / composer Manfredo Fest.
At age seventeen Chris was selected by the Twin Cities Jazz Society as an up and
coming artist and was awarded a citation from the National Association of Jazz
Educators for exemplary achievements in jazz performance. As part of the
selection Chris was interviewed by legendary jazz radio host Leigh Kamman on
his radio show "The Jazz Image" on Minnesota Public Radio.
In 1991 Chris won the West Bank School of Music composers forum which
featured his quartet, playing all original compositions in a live performance at
Augsburg College in Minneapolis