John Hilsen

For fans of:Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Ludovico Einaudi, Yann Tiersen, Penguin Cafe Orchestra

As a listener, instrumental genres have always been important to me. The wordlessness of it all gave me a platform to process and reflect on things that were personal to me; it so easily becomes a soundtrack to my own life. My hope is that my work can provide at least some measure of that for those who come across it. If nothing else, I hear it makes for good work/study music. Or something to put on during late night drives. Or background music while you make pancakes (not recommended for french toast-- will only end in disaster).


John Hilsen is a composer from Minneapolis, MN. He focuses primarily on instrumental, melody-driven music and often can be found sitting at a piano.

His first album Lapyear is a collection of twelve original songs for solo piano.Outside of his own work, he often performs and composes for local theatre companies such as Sheep Theatre and ComedySportz. John also works as a content creator for GoNoodle, a service that streams sing-along, movement-based videos into schools worldwide.