Georg Hilmarsson

Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering Certificate lead

“I wanted to work for Catalyst because it’s an incredible artistic environment, in this beautiful and historic building. It’s an environment that I dreamt about while being a student myself. Furthermore, it is an exciting programme that is still developing, and it’s thrilling to get the chance to be a part of it.”

Georg joined our team in 2020 to teach Composition and Arrangements on our Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering BA. “That means I try to assist and guide students in their artistic quest and explorations,” he explains. “I love getting inspired by my students and seeing them stepping out of their comfort zone – being a witness to their discoveries.”  

The musician has done quite a bit of creative exploration himself. After cutting his teeth performing, recording and touring with Icelandic indie pop bands, he studied composition, earning a master’s in Composition and Theory at Boston University. Georg is particularly excited by working with great performers and discovering and creating new sounds. 

Georg’s favourite pieces of music are: the Busoni transcription of the Bach Chorale Prelude, Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland, played by Vladimir Horowitz in the film The Last Romantic; Vortex temporum by Gérard Grisey; and Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys.   

But it’s not all about music. Georg cites cooking, dancing, table tennis and fly-fishing as his other talents. When he’s not at Catalyst, you’ll find him exploring Berlin and its fantastic restaurants, running in the parks, playing soccer or having fun at the playground with his little girl.

His life motto: þetta reddast! The Icelandic saying roughly translates to “it will all work out okay! (somehow).”