"Recondita Armonia" made DOWNBEAT Magazine's "Best Albums of 2016" List!


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"


29.04.2017 Tübingen / DE Jazzclub Festival Pablo Held Solo
02.05.2017 Würzburg / DE Musikhochschule Würzburg Felix Fromm Quintett
04.05.2017 Bremen / DE Alter Sendesaal Pablo Held Trio
05.05.2017 Kempten / DE Jazzfrühling Pablo Held Trio
13.05.2017 Dortmund / DE Domicil Pablo Held Trio
18.05.2017 Köln / DE Studio 672 Modern Men
21.05.2017 Zürich / CH Moods Pablo Held Trio
25.05.2017 Leipzig / DE naTo Henning Sieverts "Night Songs" feat. Johannes Enders & Pablo Held
31.05.2017 Köln / DE Stadtgarten Pablo Held Trio feat. Jeremy Viner

Robert Landfermann's Birthday Party!

11.06.2017 Köln / DE LOFT Pablo Held/Matthias Pichler/Jorge Rossy/Robert Stillman

"Pablo Held Meets" Vol. 3

17.06.2017 Köln / DE Salon De Jazz Modern Men
07.07.2017 Ismaning / DE Kallmann Museum Pablo Held Trio
12.07.2017 Pilsen / CZ Bohemia Jazz Fest Pablo Held Trio
13.07.2017 Liberec / CZ Bohemia Jazz Fest Pablo Held Trio
20.09.2017 Bonn / DE Harmonie Pablo Held Trio

Beethovenfest 2017

22.09.2017 Viersen / DE Jazzfestival Viersen Pablo Held


23.09.2017 Borken / DE Kulturraum³ Pablo Held Trio
24.09.2017 Münster / DE Cuba - Black Box Pablo Held Trio
29.09.2017 Hagen / DE Emil Schumacher Museum Pablo Held Trio
30.09.2017 Calw / DE Jazz am Schießberg Pablo Held Trio
04.10.2017 Bielefeld / DE Bunker Ulmenwall Niels Klein's LOOM
05.10.2017 Dortmund / DE Domicil Niels Klein's LOOM
06.10.2017 Köln / DE Altes Pfandhaus Niels Klein's LOOM
07.10.2017 Berlin / DE Serious Series Niels Klein's LOOM
11.10.2017 Frankfurt / DE TBA Niels Klein's LOOM
13.10.2017 Düsseldorf / DE Jazz Schmiede Niels Klein's LOOM
26.10.2017 Silkeborg / DNK Bad Christian Vuust & Pablo Held
08.11.2017 Valencia / ES Palau de la Musica Albert Sanz/Pablo Held Duo
09.11.2017 Frankfurt / DE Romanfabrik Pablo Held Trio
10.11.2017 Köln / DE Pianohaus Schoke Pablo Held & Albert Sanz Duo
14.11.2017 München / DE Seidlvilla Jason Seizer Quartet
24.11.2017 Düsseldorf / DE Jazz Schmiede Pablo Held Trio
25.11.2017 Villingen-Schwenningen / DE Jazzclub Villingen Pablo Held Trio
01.12.2017 Stuttgart / DE Bix Pablo Held Trio
31.12.2017 Köln / DE Kölner Philharmonie Pablo Held & Friends


23.03.2018 Köln / DE Kölner Philharmonie Pablo Held Trio

doublebill w/ ENEMY

23.04.2018 Illingen / DE Illipse Pablo Held Trio
02.06.2018 Elmau / DE Schloß Elmau Pablo Held Trio
16.03.2019 Otelfingen / CH Mühle Otelfingen Pablo Held Trio


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