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 and his collaboration with guitar legend John Scofield. 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, Anders Jormin, Jorge Rossy, Nasheet Waits, Marcus Gilmore, WDR Bigband & NDR Bigband, Jim Beard, Nils Wogram, Johannes Enders, Tim Hagans and many more.
Concert tours took him to the USA, China, Korea, 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 30 records. His own CDs have been and gained worldwide praise in the music media i.e. DOWNBEAT Magazine included the record „The Trio meets John Scofield“ in their „best albums of 2015“ list.
In 2014 the Pablo Held Trio was chosen by the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) to go on an extensive tour as „Rising Stars“ through some of the greatest concert halls in Europe, presenting their music in places like the Barbican in London, the Palais des Beaux Artes in Brussel, the L’Auditori in Barcelona and many more.
Pablo is the recipient of the Westfalen Jazz Prize (2006), the WDR Jazz Prize (2011) and the Horst & Gretl Will Grand of the City of Cologne (2012). Furthermore The Pablo Held Trio received the SWR Jazzprize in 2014.
In the spring of 2018 Pablo will release "Investigations - his tenth album as a leader - on the british label Edition Records.
John Scofield & Pablo Held Trio - Pretty Out (live 2017)
Pablo Held Trio - Nocturne
Pablo Held Trio feat. Chris Potter - Chiffre