Chris began playing music at age seven studying organ until his teens where he switched from organ to piano studies with legendary Minneapolis instructor Herb Wigley. In his later teens studied with mentor and Brazilian pianist and 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 . The performance was video recorded and aired on Minneapolis Public Television.



As leader of the Chris Lomheim Trio he has produced 3 CD's "And You've Been Waiting?" (1994) featuring all original compositions, and "The Bridge" (2002) featuring a mix of originals and a handful of standards and "TIMELINE"
(2014) featuring all originals . Chris was nominated best pianist in the 1997
Minnesota Music Awards.


Chris is a member of the all original jazz group "The Illicit Sextet" which has produced 2 CD's "Chapter One" (1993) and "Chapter 11" (2013) The group was named Best Jazz Instrumental Group in the Minnesota Music Awards in 1993.

Chris has played "The Green Mill" jazz club in Chicago in 1996 where he headlined in a quartet featuring trumpet player Rex Richardson. He is a regular at Twin Cities jazz venues including The Artists' Quarter, Jazz Central, Ice House and The Dakota Jazz Club, and is featured at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival every year.

Chris has been pianist for Lobby Tea at The luxurious St. Paul Hotel since 1991.

Chris was awarded the Minnesota State Arts Board "Artist Initiative" Grant for 2014

Chris Lomheim's focused professional music career has allowed him to perform and/or record with some of today's most recognized jazz artists. PARTIAL LIST BELOW.

Greg Abate (alto sax)

Eric Alexander (sax)

Tony Axtell (bass/vocalist)

Eddie Berger (alto sax)

Richie Cole (alto sax)

Anthony Cox (bass)

Anton Denner (saxophonist)

Debbie Duncan (vocalist)

Madeline Eastman (vocalist)

Peter Erskine (drums)

Gary Foster (sax and flutes)

Mimi Fox (guitar)

Curtis Fuller (trombone)

Brian Grivna (alto sax/clarinet)

Happy Apple (group)

Dave Karr (sax)

Stacey Kent (vocalist)

Herbie Lewis (bass)


Chris in performance at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival • Minneapolis
Charmin Michelle (vocalist)

James Moody (sax)

Frank Morgan (alto sax)

Vicky Mountain (vocalist)

David "Fathead" Newman (sax)

Billy Peterson (bass)

Patty Peterson (vocalist)

Colleen Raye (vocalist)

Rex Richardson (trumpet)

Christine Rosholt (vocalist)

Jim Rotondi (trumpet)

Tresa Sauer (vocalist)

Dennis Spears (vocalist)

Greg Tardy (tenor saxophone)

Roseanna Vitro (vocalist)

Ernie Watts (sax/composer)

Irv Williams (sax)