Pablo Held

Pablo Held 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.

As a soloist, Pablo Held appears as a narrator, plays his own compositions, presents his own version of his favourite pieces from various musical genres and combines the expressiveness of jazz with the sound culture of European classical music and the characteristics of other musical genres, regardless of their origin.

Concert tours have taken him to almost all European countries, the USA, South America, China and Korea. He has collaborated with John Scofield, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Johannes Enders, Jorge Rossy, Uli Beckerhoff, Nils Wogram, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Till Brönner, WDR BigBand & NDR Bigband and many others.

Pablo has appeared on over 30 records. His own CDs, released on Pirouet Records, have been highly acclaimed by the worldwide music press; "Music" and "Glow" have been voted "CD of the Month" in several magazines and blogs.

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.

Since 2011 Pablo Held has been a lecturer at the Institut für Musik Osnabrück and gives workshops worldwide.

Pablo Held beim Beethovenfest






8:00 pm

Moon landing and Pastoral

  • Pablo Held Piano (Live film music)
  • Dominic Sedgwick baritone
  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Adam Fischer Conductor
Works by Georges Méliès, Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«