Born in Friesland, the Netherlands, Liuwe Tamminga is considered one of the major specialists of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian repertoires for organ. He is the organist of the historic organs at the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna together with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, where he plays the magnificent instruments by Lorenzo da Prato (1471-75) and Baldassarre Malamini (1596).

He has recorded numerous highly acclaimed CDs, among them the complete works of Marc’Antonio Cavazzoni; the complete Fantasies, Ricercars and Capricci of Frescobaldi, Giovanni Gabrieli , “Mozart in Italia”, “The historic organs of the Canary Islands”, “Il ballo di Mantova”, La Tarantella. His recording of Marc’Antonio Cavazzoni’s organ works received the Diapason d’Or , "Preis der Deutschen Schallplatenkritik" and Goldberg 5stars.

As a scholar and as a performer he has done extensive work on 16th-century Italian organ music, and edited keyboard music by de Giovanni de Macque, Giulio Segni, Palestrina (Andromeda), Jacques Buus (Forni) and literature for two organs (Doblinger). Since 2010 he is the curator of the San Colombano-Tagliavini collection of early music instruments in Bologna. He performs throughout Europe, in the U.S.A, and in Japan.