Matyas Hofecker is recognized as one of the leading musicians among the younger generation of jazz bassists in Europe. The London-based musician acknowledges to be mainly influenced by Paul Chambers, Sam Jones, George Duvivier and Peter Washington. Hofecker has toured with Harold Mabern Trio, recorded an album with Sheila Jordan, and continuously shares the stage with great musicians like Joe Farnsworth, Jesse Davis, Pete Van Nostrand or Jim Rotondi with a passion for straight-ahead jazz. He performs regularly around Europe, including Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland or Portugal.
Matyas Hofecker was born in Hungarian city Pécs, the European capital of culture in 2010, and had a desire for music at a very young age, playing the trumpet at the age of four. In elementary school, he became familiar with jazz and bass guitar. Hofecker, then switched to double bass in his teenage years and has started playing jazz professionally.
Hofecker studied music at Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2012, he won a scholarship at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz , where he studied under the tutelage of Wayne Darling, and received his bachelor degree with distinction in 2013. Upon continuing his studies, the bassist became a graduate student of Music and Arts Private University of Vienna. He has worked with Jeremy Pelt and Gregory Hutchinson and played different concerts with them at the University.
In 2014, the young Hungarian musician was selected among the most talented bassists by Generations Jazz Camp and Masterclass in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, and participated in a one week workshop with Seamus Blake, Don Friedman, Adrian Mears and performed on stage with Lewis Nash.
Matyas Hofecker was invited to be temporary member of Harold Mabern Trio between 2016-2017 and played together in one of the last tours of the pianist legend, alongside the highly regarded drummer, Joe Farnsworth. The Trio performed in Greece, Germany and Austria.
Half Note Athens, 2017
“Remember the young bassist’s name; a truly bright future is ahead of him”
London 606 Club, 2016
“Mátyás Hofecker is a sensitive, fast-responsive bassist with an extraordinary ear and humility for music.”