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 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...

 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.

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 latest release, Lineage, his eighth for the Pirouet label, is another impressive field report from a restlessly creative artist with virtuosic skill. His playing seizes attention, with its unusual intervals and note choices, angular phrasing and organically probing search-and- rescue style of development." (Josef Woodard, Downbeat)

"Pablo Held, a formidable talented young man and his group have developed into leading exhibit to German jazz..." (Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise)

"... this remarkable live recording duly documents a potent Euro-American alliance... Pristinely recorded at the Philharmonic Hall in Cologne, Germany, The Trio Meets John Scofield is a wonder to behold.... To coin a phrase, these intergenerational comrades should really go on meeting like this." (Josef Woodard, Downbeat)

"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)




John Scofield & Pablo Held Trio - Pretty Out (live 2017)

Pablo Held Trio - Spuren (live)

Pablo Held Trio - Nocturne

Pablo Held Trio feat. Chris Potter - Chiffre

John Scofield meets the Pablo Held Trio live @ Cheltenham 2015

Pablo Held Trio - Live @ JazzBaltica 2012

Short Documentary on the recording session of "Elders"


23.01.2018 Köln / DE LOFT PABLO HELD MEETS: Ben Van Gelder/Jochen Rückert & Felix Henkelhausen
09.02.2018 Frankfurt / DE Jazz Montez Oliver Lutz "Heimatliebe"
20.02.2018 Köln / DE ARTheater Sebastian Gille/Rebekka Ziegler/Pablo Held/Christian Ramond/Thomas Sauerborn
09.03.2018 Frankfurt / DE Jazz Montez Modern Men
15.03.2018 Schwelm / DE Leotheater Pablo Held Trio
17.03.2018 Amsterdam / NL Jazzfest Amsterdam Pablo Held Trio feat. Jasper Blom
18.03.2018 Herford / DE Musikkontor Pablo Held Trio
20.03.2018 Almeria / ESP Clasijazz Pablo Held Trio
21.03.2018 München / DE Unterfahrt Pablo Held Trio
23.03.2018 Köln / DE Kölner Philharmonie Pablo Held Trio

doublebill w/ ENEMY

25.03.2018 Freiburg / DE Jazzhaus Freiburg Pablo Held Trio
03.04.2018 Köln / DE ARTheater Gille/Held/Landfermann/Arutyunyan
11.05.2018 Bonn / DE Jazzfest Bonn Pablo Held Quartet feat. Kit Downes Percy Pursglove & Sean Carpio
29.05.2018 Hilden / DE Jazztage Pablo Held Trio
02.06.2018 Elmau / DE Schloß Elmau Pablo Held Trio
06.06.2018 Berlin / DE Jazzdor Festival Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
07.06.2018 Frankfurt / DE Romanfabrik Pablo Held Trio
14.06.2018 Köln / DE LOFT Nils Wogram Quintet
16.06.2018 London / UK Pizza Express Pablo Held Trio
18.06.2018 Köln / DE LOFT PH Meets: Lucia Cadotsch/Jakob Buchanan/Jonas Westergaard/Andi Haberl
01.09.2018 London King's Place Pablo Held Trio
04.09.2018 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Pablo Held Trio
05.09.2018 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Pablo Held Trio
06.09.2018 Lüneburg / DE Kulturforum Pablo Held Trio
19.10.2018 Illingen / DE Illipse Pablo Held Trio
09.02.2019 Frankfurt / DE Alte Oper Pablo Held Trio
10.02.2019 Meschede / DE Alte Synagoge Pablo Held Trio
16.03.2019 Otelfingen / CH Mühle Otelfingen Pablo Held Trio


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