Pablo Held Trio receives SWR Jazzprize 2014


Pablo Held (born 1986) grew up in a family of musicians. From early age on he was exposed to music from various backgrounds. At the age of 4 he took his first drumming lessons; at age 10 he moved on to the piano. With 18 he began studying with John Taylor and Hubert Nuss at the Conservatory in Cologne, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Pablo gained recognition with his own groups Pablo Held Trio and GLOW. He is also very active as a sideman in various projects in the European jazz scene.

He gave concerts in the USA, England, Ireland, Columbia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Austria and Luxemburg.

He collaborated with the likes of John Scofield, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Till Brönner, Johannes Enders, Jochen Rückert, Uli Beckerhoff, WDR BigBand, NDR Bigband, Ignaz Dinné, Eric Vloeimans, Nicolas Thys, Dre Pallemaerts, Jasper Blom, Matthias Nadolny, Claudio Puntin, Claus Stötter, Manfred Schoof, Julian Argüelles, Kit Downes, Paul Heller, Henning Sieverts, Nils Wogram, John Schröder, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Ted Poor, Matthieu Michel, Domenic Landolf, Jason Seizer, Donny McCaslin...

Pablo has appeared on over 20 records. His own CDs have been released on the German label Pirouet Records and gained worldwide praise in the music media.

Music and Glow were ‘CD of the Month’ in various magazines and music blogs.

Pablo was awarded the Westfalen Jazz Prize (2006), the WDR Jazz Prize (2011) and the Horst & Gretl Will Grand of the City of Cologne (2012).

In 2014 Pablo Held Trio receives the SWR Jazzprize.


Held’s music concentrates on manipulating the waves of energy released by his trio as they twist into each other, move alongside one another, and tow each other across the channels. They truly move like brothers-at-arms. (...)Held’s trio displays crisp synchronized movements and a melodic timing that makes these tracks jump out at the listener. The trio’s incisions cross over each other and loop around one another with the proficient maneuvers of an acrobat team. This is where jazz music meets the visual arts, and Pablo Held shows a knack for making this transformation. (Susan Frances, Jazztimes)

„Held isn’t about art, he’s clearly about jazz, he just has his own unique vision of the future of it---and he will be shaping it.  A tasty work that pushes limits with a reason, Held is well worth checking out if you want to hear a real statement from a real player.“  (Chris Spector, Midwest Record)

„His music is freely executed but somehow tethered to an accessible form, function and sound. This is music that remains focused but is, nonetheless, completely unpredictable.“ (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz)

„He proves to be a brilliant sonic chemist, capable of mixing any instruments in balance, making it difficult on occasion to distinguish one instrument from the other, but easy to revel in the aural concoctions—whether stormy or sublime—of his creation.“ (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz)

"Music" is the name of Held's new album, and the simple yet meaningful title expresses a self-confidence that Pablo Held has every right to possess. Completely without pretence, and playing with expressive ease, his trio relies completely on the music's inner strength. Music with its own sound and unique atmospheric mood." (Arnaldo Desouteiro, Jazz Station)

"The Cologne-based pianist Pablo Held is already seen as a hero of the young German jazz scene. His new album will earn him even more veneration." (Ssirus W. Pakzad, Der Musikmarkt)

"With his third album for the exceptional Pirouet label, the young pianist distinguishes himself above all as a composer overflowing with ideas." (Norbert Krampf, Frankfurt Journal)

„If you had around 15 bucks to spare and wanted to make a contribution to the advancement of the human race you could do a lot worse than buy Pablo Held’s first CD, Forest of Oblivion“. (Paul Zettler TrioRiot)




Short Documentary on the recording session of "Elders"

Pablo Held Trio - Nocturne

Pablo Held Trio - Live @ JazzBaltica 2012

Pablo Held Trio – Melody/Run Live im LOFT 2010

Pablo Held Trio - Live at German Jazznight Brucknerhaus Linz 2012 05 02

Pablo Held Trio – Live in Almaty 2012


30.09.2014 Köln / DE LOFT Sebastian Sternal/Pablo Held Duo

LOFT 25th Anniversary

08.10.2014 Ludwigshafen / DE Kulturzentrum Das Haus Pablo Held Trio

Enjoy Jazz 2014

20.10.2014 Freiburg / DE Jazzkongress Wayne's World feat. Domenic Landolf, Mats Spillmann, Pablo Held, Stephan Kurmann & Jorge Rossy
21.10.2014 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Wayne's World feat. Domenic Landolf, Mats Spillmann, Pablo Held, Stephan Kurmann & Jorge Rossy
22.10.2014 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Wayne's World feat. Domenic Landolf, Mats Spillmann, Pablo Held, Stephan Kurmann & Jorge Rossy
25.10.2014 Otelfingen / CH Mühle Otelfingen Wayne's World feat. Domenic Landolf, Mats Spillmann, Pablo Held, Stephan Kurmann, Jorge Rossy
27.10.2014 Ingoldstadt / DE Ingoldstätter Jazztage Jason Seizer's "Cinema Paradiso"
02.11.2014 Köln / DE Stadtgarten Manfred Schoof Quintet feat. Gerd Dudek
19.11.2014 München / DE Bayerischer Rundfunk Studio 2 Jason Seizer's "Cinema Paradiso"

"Bühne Frei im Studio 2"

21.11.2014 Köln / DE LOFT Jason Seizer's "Cinema Paradiso"
19.12.2014 Darmstadt / DE Stadtkirche Pablo Held Trio & EOS Kammerorchester
20.12.2014 Aachen / DE Klangbrücke Pablo Held Trio & EOS Kammerorchester
21.12.2014 Köln / DE Stadtgarten Pablo Held Trio & EOS Kammerorchester
08.04.2015 Elmau / DE Schloß Elmau Jason Seizer's "Cinema Paradiso"


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