Pablo Held, born in 1986, grew up in a family of musicians in Hagen and came into contact with music of various origins at an early age.
At the age of 18 he began his jazz piano studies in Cologne with John Taylor and Hubert Nuss, which he completed with distinction.
In 2006 he founded the Pablo Held Trio with Robert Landfermann & Jonas Burgwinkel, which has released 10 successful albums on Pirouet Records & Edition Records since its inception.
Many of the recordings were on the best lists of the worldwide trade press. The American magazine "All About Jazz" calls the trio "a world class trio of special talent", Ralph Towner talks about it as "an important example for the evolution of the piano trio in jazz" and John Scofield praises the trio as "one of the best groups of today's music".
Pablo can also be heard as a sideman on over 30 recordings.
The WDR Jazzpreis, the SWR Jazzpreis, the Horst & Gretl Will Scholarship, the Förderpreis des Landes NRW and the Westfalen Jazzpreis are just a few of the prizes and awards that Pablo Held has received over the years.
Pablo Held has collaborated with John Scofield, Ralph Towner, Chris Potter, Jorge Rossy, Nasheet Waits, Norma Winstone, Mark Feldman, Anders Jormin, Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell and Mike Gibbs.
Concert tours take Pablo throughout Europe, Asia, North & South America and Canada, often in collaboration with the Goethe Institute.
Since 2017 Pablo has been curating his own concert series at the LOFT in Cologne called "Pablo Held Meets".
Since 2018 Pablo Held has been on the road with a new exciting project in addition to his longtime trio: "Pablo Held's Buoyancy Band" with Kit Downes, Percy Pursglove and Sean Carpio.
In his successful interview series "Pablo Held Investigates", Pablo has been talking to musicians like Wayne Shorter, Joey Baron
Thomas Morgan, Bill Stewart, John Scofield, Norma Winstone, Larry Goldings and Dave Longstreth on their approaches and various aspects of music. Selected interviews from the series have already been published in print editions of the JazzThing magazine.
His organizational show itself in the work with Cologne jazz collective KLAENG, which he co-founded in 2009 with his friends. KLAENG is hosts several festivals, concert series, workshops and runs its own label KLAENGrecords.
Pablo Held teaches at the IFM Osnabrück, at the Conservatory of Maastricht and gives workshops worldwide.
PABLO HELD TRIO plays INVESTIGATIONS
PABLO HELD's BUOYANCY BAND - "FLOATER" (live)
Pablo Held Trio live @ JazzAhead 2016
Pablo Held GLOW - "Chiffre" (live 2017)
John Scofield & Pablo Held Trio - Pretty Out (live 2017)
Pablo Held Trio - live @ A-Trane 2017
Pablo Held Trio feat. John Scofield - "Someone to watch over me"
Pablo Held - Roses Blue (live April 2017)
Pablo Held Trio - Nocturne
Pablo Held & Dave Liebman - Valse Nobles Et Sentimentales
Pablo Held Trio feat. Chris Potter - Chiffre