David Helbock

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David Helbock
Random-Control David Helbock Unterfahrt-2012-12-06-001.jpg
Helbock in Concert
Background information
Birth nameDavid Helbock
Born (1984-01-28) 28 January 1984 (age 35)
Koblach, Austria
GenresJazz, Modern Jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
LabelsACT Music, Traumton Records

David Helbock (born 28 January 1984 in Koblach) is an Austrian jazz musician.[1]

Music education[edit]

Helbock studied classical piano at the conservatory in Feldkirch, Austria with Prof. Ferenc Bognar. In addition he also was a private student of the NY jazz pianist Peter Madsen.


With his different musical projects, like the "David Helbock Trio", "David Helbock's Random/Control"[2] and also as a solo artist, Helbock toured all over the planet. [3][4][5]

In 2010 he released his "Personal Realbook", a compositional project, where he wrote one tune every day for a whole year, inspired by the Brazilian jazz legend Hermeto Pascoal.[6] Hermeto also contributed a song to Helbock's CD "Think of Two" in 2014.

In 2014 Helbock appeared as a soloist on Michael Mantler's CD "The Jazz Composers Orchestra – Update" published on ECM.[7]

Since 2010 till 2015 Helbock's CDs as a leader were published on the label Traumton[8] in Berlin. Since 2016 Helbock is an exclusive artist with the record company ACT Music from Munich. The first CD released on ACT with the David Helbock Trio is called Into the Mystic (2016), the second CD with Random/Control is entitled "Tour d´Horizon" (2018).


Helbock is a prizewinner at the world-biggest Jazzpianosolo Competition in Montreux 2007 and 2010 and in addition also won the audience prize.[9] In 2011 he was awarded the Outstanding Artist Award of the government of Austria.[10]

David Helbock on piano during an open-air concert in The Old Town's Square in Warsaw, Poland on July 16, 2016.

Selected discography[edit]

  • 2003: Emotions (Solopiano)
  • 2004: Transformation (David Helbock Trio)
  • 2006: Celebrating modern Genius (HDV Trio)
  • 2007: Time (Solopiano)
  • 2008: Suite of Philosophical Sounds - SUN RA (with Peter Madsen´s CIA)
  • 2008: All In (HDV Trio)
  • 2010: My Personal Realbook
  • 2010: Thousand Miles Journey (with Peter Madsen´s CIA)
  • 2010: David Helbock's Random/Control
  • 2011: Diagonal (Frick/Helbock Duo)
  • 2012: Purple (Solopiano)
  • 2014: Think of Two (Random/Control)
  • 2014: What's Next? I Don't Know! (Raab/Helbock Duo)
  • 2014: The Jazzcomposers Orchestra – Update (with Michael Mantler)
  • 2015: Mistura (with Peter Madsen)
  • 2015: Aural Colors (David Helbock Trio)
  • 2016: Into the Mystic (David Helbock Trio)
  • 2018: Tour d´Horizon (Random/Control)


  1. ^ "Austrian Music Export". Austrian Music Export. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  2. ^ "Reviews Trio and Random/Control". jazzdagama. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  3. ^ "David Helbock in China". Youtube. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  4. ^ "David Helbock in Southamerica". Youtube. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  5. ^ "David Helbock in Africa". Youtube. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  6. ^ "Personal Realbook". davidhelbock.com. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  7. ^ "with Michael Mantler". ecmreviews. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  8. ^ "David Helbock – piano". traumton.de. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  9. ^ "Montreux Jazzcompetition". montreuxjazzartistfoundation. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  10. ^ "Awards Austria". kunstkultr.bka.gv.at. Retrieved 2015-06-11.

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