Pablo Heldgrew up in family of musicians. He studied at the Conservatory in Cologne, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is an artist of talent, maturity and sensibility, aware of tradition yet continually looking forward in search of something new. He 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 on the European jazz scene. He has collaborated with the likes of John Scofield, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Anders Jormin, Jorge Rossy, Nasheet Waits, Marcus Gilmore, the WDR Big Band, the NDR Big Band, Jim Beard, Nils Wogram, Johannes Enders and Tim Hagans. Concert tours have taken him across Europe, both Americas and Asia. He has appeared on over 30 records. His CDs have gained worldwide praise in the music media; for example, DownBeat magazine included The Trio meets John Scofield on its list of best albums of 2015. In 2014, the Pablo Held Trio was chosen by the European Concert Hall Organization to undertake an extensive tour as ‘Rising Stars’, presenting their music in such prestigious venues as the Barbican in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and L’Auditori in Barcelona.
Held is a recipient of the Westfalen Jazz Prize (2006), the WDR Jazz Prize (2011) and the Horst & Gretl Will Grant of the City of Cologne (2012). The Pablo Held Trio also received the SWR Jazzprize in 2014.