"...I think this musician with his „pianocap“ is one of the most exciting players of the young european jazz scene. The listener experiences something new when David Helbock plays. And it ́s never „top-heavy“ music – it ́s music that thrills the body and the mind..."
(Roland Spiegel - Bavarian Radio)
Two rewards and the audience prize at the world biggest jazz-piano-solo competition of the Jazzfestival Montreux, a lot of enthusiastic/international reviews for his CDs and the most important prize in Austria 2011 - the "Outstanding Artist Award" - David Helbock, the pianoplayer coming from a small little village in Austria called Koblach, is with no doubt, has already had a great international musical career.
Helbock is not only a great pianist, he is also a very individual thinker, who is investing not only a lot of dexterity but also quite an amount of brain activity to his projects.
David Helbock, born on the 28th of january 1984, began playing the piano at the age of six.
He studied at the Feldkirch Conservatory with Prof. Ferenc Bognar, where he finished 2005 with an "excellent" degree in performance and since 2000 he took lessons with the New York jazz pianist Peter Madsen, who became his teacher, mentor and friend.
David Helbock played Tours and Recordings with different projects in countries like the USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Kasachstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mongolia, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenia, Senegal, Marokko, Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Australia and all over Europe.
Since the start of his musical career David Helbock is also very active as a composer. One of his works is among others a big „One-Year compositional project“ where he wrote a new piece every day for a whole year. (In April 2010 his "Personal Realbook" with over 600 pages of music was released)
several 1st Prize Winner - Youthcompetition "Prima la Musica"
2001 "Bösendorfer-Scholarship" Winner
2002 Talent-Competition Winner with the band "Tat-twam-asi"
2006 Winner of the international Competition "New Generation" in Straubing (GER)
2006 CD Release in the Series Jazzthing Next Generation with the HDV Trio
2007 Podiumsprize Liechtenstein
2007 Prizewinner at the world biggest Jazz-piano-solo competition in Montreux
2010 Prizewinner at the same competition and in addition the "Audienceprize"
2011 Outstanding Artist Award of Austria
2014 Invitation to the BMW-World Jazzaward
2015 IBK Prize (International Bodensee Conference)
2018 State-Scholarship for Composition from Austria
1998 "Happiness" - Eigenproduktion
2003 "Emotions" - Label Gramola Wien
2004 "Transformation" - Label Gramola Wien
2006 "Celebrating modern Genius" - Label Doublemoon Records Köln
2007 "Time" - Label YVP Music Ulm
2008 "CIA DVD - Sunology" - CIA
2008 "All In" - Label Doublemoon Records Köln
2010 "CIA - Thousand Miles Journey" - CIA
2010 "David Helbock´s Random/Control" - Traumton Records Berlin
2010 "My Personal Realbook" - 600 pages of compositions
2011 "Diagonal" - Label Traumton Records Berlin
2012 "Purple" - Label Traumton Records Berlin
2014 "Think of Two" - Label Traumton Records Berlin
2014 "Jazz Composer´s Orchestra Update" - Michael Mantler - ECM Records
2014 "What´s Next? I don’t know" with L. Raab - Session Work
2015 "Aural Colors" - Label Traumton Records Berlin
2015 "Mistura" - Label Unit Records
2016 "Into the Mystic" - Label ACT Music
2017 "Comment C’est" with Michael Mantler - Label ECM Records
2018 "Tour d´Horizon" - Label ACT Music
2019 "Playing John Williams" - Label ACT Music
1990 - 1998 Piano instructions with Nora Calvo Smith at the Musicschool Feldkirch
1994 - 2000 Piano instructions with Paul Winter at the Jazzseminar Dornbirn
1998 - 2001 Drum instructions with Stefan Greussing at the Musicschool Feldkirch
1998 - 2005 "excellent" concert degree with Ferenc Bognar (Conservatory Feldkirch)
2000 - 2008 Privatstudent with the New York Jazzpianist Peter Madsen
2006 - 2007 one Semester at the University of Arts Bern (SJS) with Thierry Lang
Touring and recording with different Projects as a leader in countries like the like the USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Kasachstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mongolia, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenia, Senegal, Marokko, Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Australia and all over Europe.
Playing on Festivals like Traumzeit Duisburg, Jazzwochen Burghausen, Jazzfestival Münster, Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Jazzfest Rochester, Jazzfestival Montréal, Jazz d ́or Strasbourg, Jazzfestival Montreux, Jazzfestival St.Louis, Java Jazzfestival, Providencia Jazzfestival Chile, Eurojazzfestival Mexiko, Kuala Lumpur Jazzfestival, Melbourne Jazzfestival, Jarasum Jazzfestival and many more.
In April 2010 David Helbock released his Personal Realbook where he wrote a new piece every day for a whole year.