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, Australia, Mexico, Russia, Kasachstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mongolia, Korea, Philippines, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenia, Senegal, Marokko, Iran, Tunisia, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Brazil, Argentina, Chile 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
"An impeccable pianist with a clear, crisp touch.” - Jazzwise (GB)
“Accomplished, melodic playing” - The London Times (GB)
“Simply indescribable.” - Jazz thing (DE)
“Exciting and full of surprises and delights.” - Les Inrocks (FR)
"...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 - DE)
...When David Helbock’s Random Control made Think of Two that album was so angularly brilliant that it seemed
hard to imagine how Mr