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Hildenbrand’s music is defined by the restless nature of a true seeker. Over the years his explorations have taken him to a variety of places and spaces, nonetheless, his destination continues to be the ever elusive vanishing point: the realm of the mystical. Ultimate truth and pure beauty remain forever on the horizon. His is a journey into the core of music.

Coming from a musical family, Hildenbrand was introduced to music at a very early age. His grandfather was a classical conductor and his father played guitar.

Hildenbrand studied jazz and improvisation with Mick Goodrick at Berklee College of Music, in Boston (USA), and graduated from the University of Music in Rotterdam (Netherlands).

The more he studied music, the more he was convinced that this was his calling. Hence, he decided to live in seclusion and devoted all of his time to perfecting his craft. He wanted to understand music from the inside.

During his journey Hildenbrand dove into a variety of musical cultures and dedicated himself to mapping the connections between them. He realised that there is a common ground that underpins all musical expressions. It’s as if music is this absolute entity, with immanent laws, that we are only beginning to understand. 

After returning to Berlin, Hildenbrand was introduced to Turkish music. He studied with the oud master Nuri Karademirli, at the Conservatory of Turkish Music. Karademirli's guidance helped him reach a deeper understanding of classical Turkish music, which then allowed him to transfer its microtonal expressions back to the guitar.

Hildenbrand has a complicated relationship with the guitar: he feels more connected to the sounds of the Turkish oud, Indian sarod, Afghan rabab and Persian tar. But, at the same time, he is fully committed to this instrument and even more so to expanding its sonic limitations. His singular playing allows for a cross-pollination of a variety of approaches to music and the manipulation of sound.

Hildenbrand’s musical journey also took him to India’s cultural capital, Calcutta, where he studied Indian classical music with sarod master Ranajit Sengupta.

In India, he discovered the magic inherent in everyday life.Spirituality was omnipresent and a feeling that there is more to reality than what the mind is able to grasp started to precipitate inside of him. This revelation had a profound effect on him. Hildenbrand doesn‘t subscribe to any religion, but through his music he is able to unlock this hidden space. India, with all the special encounters that he had there, sharpened his antennae for this particular experience.

In 2019, Hildenbrand expanded his musical vocabulary through the addition of his singing voice. At first, he would sing to double the melody and add additional textures to the guitar. Singing also amplified the depth of his connection to music.

In 2021, he created a new language based on a thorough research and a systematic exploration of the phonetic building blocks of speech (sourced from all languages). He created his own syllable database that includes about 300 unique syllables, from which he composes his "lyrics" by following tonal and associative pictorial and poetic criteria.

In Hildenbrand’s own words: "Music is a place of longing for me. It is a lens through which we have access to a more sublime aspect of our existence. Through it we can experience a certain type of liberation, which opens us to an overwhelming sense of bliss. It’s like we are opening a door, just a little bit, and this allows us to catch a glimpse of what paradise might look like."


Hub Hildenbrand is a Berlin-based guitarist and composer. His music draws from the the rich traditions of the Orient, India, Persian music, European classical and American jazz.

His singular approach to playing the guitar unlocked sonic possibilities that were previously unknown, as far as this instrument is concerned.

The artist also created a personal language based on the systematic study of the phonetic elements sourced from all languages, that allows him to infuse his vocal performances with layers of meaning, but without distracting the audiences with overt narratives.

Coming from a musical family, Hildenbrand was introduced to music at a very early age. His grandfather was a classical conductor and his father played guitar.

He studied at Berklee College of Music (Boston) under Mick Goodrick and graduated from the University of Music in Rotterdam.

Afterwards he proceeded to study Turkish Classical music with oud master Nuri Karademirli at the Conservatory of Turkish Music in Berlin and learned North Indian Classical music in Calcutta from sarod master Ranajit Sengupta.

Over the years, Hildenbrand led numerous ensembles, composed music for film and theatre. He released a total of 15 albums under his own name.

He toured throughout Europe, played in the US and India. He performed at festivals such as the Delhi International Arts Festival, the Berlin-Istanbul Festival, folkBALTICA, the Rudolstadt Festival, the Bardentreffen Festival, the Jazz Festival Rotterdam, the Cultural Festival of the University of Cyprus and the Amari Green Festival Crete.

Hildenbrand collaborated with a variety of internationally renowned musicians such as Palle Mikkelborg, Hein van de Geyn, Ranajit Sengupta, Nuri Karademirli, Zacharias Spyridakis, Rhys Chatham, Rupak Bhattacharjee, Levent Yildrim, and Farhad Safari.

He was awarded grants from the Berlin Senate, the Musikfonds and the German Music Council, etc. He received support from the Goethe-Institut, the Initiative Musik and the Embassy of Turkey and Cyprus.

Hildenbrand teaches masterclasses at a university level and continues to give lessons to a select group of musicians from around the world (on a one-on-one basis).

Selected Releases
When The Night Lost Its Stars
The Garden of Stolen Sounds
Hub Hildenbrand Solo - The Door We Never Opened, 2013
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Karapatakis/Hildenbrand/Spyridakis - Nenemia, 2018
Trio Morgenland - Open Land, 2011
trio Rosenrot - Es Fiel Ein Reif, 2017
trio Rosenrot - Lenz, 2015
Hub Hildenbrand Trio - News From Afar, 2009
Hub Hildenbrand Trio - Requiem, 2010
Hub Hildenbrand Trio - Heimat, 2007
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