Hilmar Örn Agnarsson (born 1960) studied music in Iceland and later at Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Hamburg, Germany, where his main teachers were Gerhard Dickel and Rose Kirrn. After graduation as cantor in 1991, he was appointed organist at Skalholt Cathedral, in the south of Iceland, where he animated a vibrant and vigorous musical life until 2008. Since 2009 he has been the organist of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Reykjavik.
In the 1980’s Hilmar was the bass guitarist and main song-writer in the popular new wave band Þeyr. Throughout his career, he has worked with a wide variety of composers, instrumentalists and choral groups. These include many of Iceland’s most prominent musicians as well as international musicians including Björk, the Japanese percussionist Stomo Yamash‘ta and Sir John Tavener.