The Italian organist and harpsichordist, Lorenzo Ghielmi, is organist on the Ahrend organ (1991) at the Basilica di San Simpliciano in Milan, where he performed from 1992 to 1994 the complete organ works of J.S. Bach. He gives concerts throughout Europe, Japan and the USA as an organist and harpsichordist. He has made many radio and CD recordings (including for Teldec, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Ars Musici, and Winter & Winter). He plays with his instrumental ensemble La Divina Armonia and in duet with his younger brother Vittorio Ghielmi (viola da gamba and harpsichord). In France, he received the Diapason d’Or for his recordings of Bruhns and Bach. He also played organ & harpsichord in the first recordings of Il Giardino Armonico.
Lorenzo Ghielmi, teaches organ, harpsichord and early music at the Milan Accademia Internazionale della Musica. He also taught for several years as invited professor in Trossingen and at the Hoschule für Musik in Lübeck. He is often invited to sit on juries for international organ competitions (Toulouse, Tokyo, Bruges, Freiberg, Maastricht, Lausanne, Nuremberg, Landsberg, Chartres). He also gives lectures and master-classes in many institutions of music, including the prestigious Haarlem's Summer-Academy. He was the main artistic consultant for the new Mascioni organ constructed at Tokyo cathedral.
Lorenzo Ghielmi combines his concert activities with a passion for musicological research. He has published editions of music by Girolamo Frescobaldi and composers from Milan, as well as studies on 16th and 17th century organ building, and on the interpretation of works of Bach. Recently he has written a book on Nicolaus Bruhns's organ works.
Lorenzo Ghielmi lives with his wife Elisabetta and five children in a small village near the border to Switzerland.