Pablo Held is a pianist of exceptional ability and searching quality. Together with Robert Landfermann & Jonas Burgwinkel, his tris one of the longest-running jazz aggregates in Europe. Founded in 2006, they have recorded 11 albums in total and are a significant force in German and European jazz.

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, with their latest two albums, “Investigations’ and ‘Ascent’ released on Edition Records.

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 have taken 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”.

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“Radical spontaneity has given the trio wings for years, turning it into a model of aesthetics that can only be found in a few artists. The cohesion of the Pablo Held trio is based on friendship and on the creative will to constantly break new ground.”
Radio Dreyeckland


EDN1163DescentPablo HeldWAV • MP32020
EDN1148AscentPablo HeldWAV • MP32020
EDN1109InvestigationsPablo HeldCD • WAV • MP32018


"Pablo Held opens his Pandora box here from which mesmerizing smoke rises from jazz, rock and classical, occasionally covered in a slightly psychedelic haze."

Jazz Halo

"Anyone who listens to Pablo Held wiggle his ears and shine his eyes."