The composer and trumpeter Jakob Helling, born 1990 in Bielefeld, Germany, studied in Bremen, and at Folkwang University of Arts in Essen where he got his Bachelor degree in Jazz Trumpet. Afterwards he moved to Graz, Austria to study Jazz Composition with Ed Partyka and Michael Abene that he completed with distinction in 2019.
He presents himself as composer and conductor with his Jakob Helling Concert Big Band, that won the „Förderpreis“ of Career Servise Center at University of Arts Graz (KUG) as well as an honor price for outstanding alumni shortly after their first apperances. In 2022 the band featured the singer Fay Claassen for a few concerts and a studio recording. The Album of this collaboration will be released in 2023.
Some highlights of his career so far were: Working with Maria Schneider, playing as substitute in WDR Big Band Cologne, being two year member of Germany National Youth Jazz Orchestra („BuJazzO“). Composition comissions for symphony orchestras such as Kammerphilharmonie Bremen or Jazz Orchestras such as Subway Jazz Orchestra in Cologne, Graz Composers Orchestra, KUG Jazz Orchestra with featured Soloist Bobby Shew and Concept Art Orchestra in Prag. As trumpeter he was one of three finalists for the chair of the 2nd trumpet in Danish Radio Big Band and won several awards with his Jazz Compositions.
In 2021 he led recordings with Jim Rotondi's music, that he arranged for Big Band and symphonic orchestra (Notes & Tones Jazz Orchestra – plus Vienna-based freelance strings and winds). This album will still be released in early 2023.