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Biography

Joachim Held is one of the foremost lute players of his generation. He captivates his audience with the refinement of his playing and moves the listener with expressing the different moods of the soul. In 2006 Joachim Held is the first lute player ever to receive the renowned German Echo - Klassik Award. This is in the category "Best soloist recording of the year" for his CD "Delightful Lute - Pleasure. Baroque Lute music from the lands of the Habsburgs", released by Hänssler Classic. More



New Release

The Original Lute Works
(Johann Sebastian Bach)

Album's Audio Player


There has always been a controversy over whether the lute works of the cantor of St. Thomas were really intended for the lute. They were considered unplayable - just as the sonatas for solo violin once were. The alleged unplayable quality of the pieces came about primarily as a result of the fact that they were originally intended for a keyboard instrument - the Lautenwerk. But there is another solution: on this CD, the internationally renowned lutenist Joachim Held performs Bach's original lute works on the lute. Unplayable? Hard to imagine, because Bach knew the capabilities of this instrument, even had one in his home, where the most prominent lute virtuosos of his time came to visit. On this recording, Joachim Held brings these long-neglected works back to life. Hänssler Classic   More




Joachim Held got the appointment as a Professor for the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen/Germany. Students can register for the Bachelor and Master degree program.   www.hfk-bremen.de



Festival Internacional de Música Antigua (Santigo de Chile - 2015)



Sylvius Leopold Weiss Baroque Festival (Grodkow, Poland - 2010)


Concert Dates

9 to 13 August 2016
DE - Innsbruck
Masterclasses Innsbruck Barock

11 September 2016
DE - Ludwigslust
with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
and Julian Pregardien


15 to 18 September 2016
IT - Rom
with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin:
Dido and Aeneas


3 and 4 October 2016
IT - Rom
Masterclasses Conservatorio Santa Cecilia

6 and 7 October 2016
IT - Vicenza
Masterclasses Conservatorio di Vicenza

29 October 2016
DE - Berlin
with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
and Julian Pregardien


11 November 2016
NL - Den Haag
Opening concert of the Symposium "Ways to Silvius Leopold Weiss" (Release Concert for CD: Frühwerk Silvius Leopold Weiss, Hänssler - Classic)

11 to 13 November 2016
NL - Den Haag
International Symposium "Ways to Silvius Leopold Weiss" in Royal Conservatoire Den Haag

15 November 2016
CZ - Olmütz
Concert with Jan Cizmar, Baroque Lute

16 November 2016
CZ - Brno
Concert with Jan Cizmar, Baroque Lute

17 and 18 November 2016
CZ - Brno
Masterclasses Janaczek Academy

21 November 2016
DE - München
with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
and Julian Pregardien


30 November 2016
CA - Montreal
J.S. Bach, St Matthew Passion
Cond.: Kent Nagano


01 December 2016
CA - Montreal
J.S. Bach, St Matthew Passion
Cond.: Kent Nagano


04 December 2016
CA - Montreal
J.S. Bach, St Matthew Passion
Cond.: Kent Nagano


10 December 2016
DE - Lübeck
Solo concert with Frühwerk S.L. Weiss

11 December 2016
DE - Hannover
Solo concert with Frühwerk S.L. Weiss

12 and 13 December 2016
DE - Hannover
Masterclasses in Musikhochschule




News (Radio, TV etc.)

Please see below the TV, Radio... appearances of Joachim Held

31. May 2011 - Radio Bremen / Ansichten (In German)
And suddenly I was noble - Interview
www.radiobremen.de/mediathek/index.html?id=049304
9. May 2011 - Hr2 Kultur / Doppel-Kopf (In German)
Interview with Joachim Held
www.hr-online.de


15. November 2010 - Bayerischer Rundfunk / Lebenslinien (In German)
A portrait of Joachim Held: "Ein Wunder ist geschehen". Film directed by Rotraud Kühn.
www.br-online.de
19 October 2009 - ZDF / Mittagsmagazin (In German)
The secret Prince - Lutenist Joachim Held and his Noble descent.
www.mittagsmagazin.zdf.de/ZDFde/inhalt/7/0,1872,7913799,00.html
08 October 2009 - BR 3 / Mensch Otto (In German)
Joachim Held's Autobiography: "And suddenly I was noble"
www.br-online.de


19. April 2009 - BR 4 Klassik (In German)
Broadcasting: Joachim Held and Bettina Pahn's concert at the "Musica Antiqua" in Nürnberg (Germany) on March 11, 2009.
www.br-online.de
26. March 2009 - WDR 3 / TonArt (In German)
Joachim Held's solo concert at the Morsbroich Castle in Leverkusen (Germany) on March 29, 2009.
www.wdr3.de


10. March 2009 - BR 4 Klassik / Allegro (In German)
Arias and Lute Music of the Italian & German Baroque at the Germanic National Museum of Nürnberg on March 11, 2009 with Bettina Pahn, Soprano.
www.br-online.de


21. February 2009 - BR 4 Klassik / Meine Musik (In German)
Joachim Held's favourite music on Radio channel "Bayern 4 Klassik".
www.br-online.de
15. August 2008 - NDR Kultur / Neue CDs (In German)
Joachim Held "Musique pour le Roi" - Presented by Dagmar Penzlin.
www.ndrkultur.de







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