Hildenbrand draws on jazz, European music, oriental and Indian heritage and reveals places that otherwise remain closed to the guitar. He studied jazz and improvisation at the University of Rotterdam. Through a chance encounter, Hildenbrand discovered Turkish music in cosmopolitan Berlin. In order to understand this sound world more deeply, he enrolled at the Conservatory for Turkish Music and became a pupil of the oud master Nuri Karademirli, who taught him the modes and subtleties of Turkish classical music. One hears that sometimes his guitar would rather be a Turkish Oud, an Indian Sarod, an Afghan Rabab or a Persian Tar.