German lutenist Joachim Held (b. 1963). From 1988 to 1990 he studied at the College of Music in Karlsruhe and passed the Artistic Final Examination there. In 1990 Held won second prize at the Concours Musica Antiqua at the Flanders Festival in Bruges. He held a teaching post for lute from 1990 to 1997 at the Music College in Heidelberg-Mannheim. Joachim Held teached at the Conservatory in Hamburg between 1997 and 2006. Since 2007 he has been teaching at the Royal Conservatory in the Hauge. He plays regularly under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and works together on a regular basis with Giardino Armanico in Milan.