“Remember the young bassist’s name; a truly bright future is ahead of him” Harold Mabern, Half Note Athens, 2017
Matyas Hofecker was born in a Hungarian city, Pécs, as known as Capital of European Culture, and he developed passion for music at a very young age, playing the trumpet at four. In elementary school, he became familiar with jazz and e-bass. Hofecker, then switched to double bass in his teenage years and has started playing straight-ahead mainstream jazz professionally. Matyas Hofecker acknowledges to be mainly influenced by Paul Chambers, Sam Jones and George Duvivier. Hofecker is recognized as one of the leading figures among the younger generation of jazz bassists in Europe.
Hofecker studied music at Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2012, he won a scholarship at Kunstuniversität 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 Privateuniversity of Vienna.
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 then performed on stage with Lewis Nash.
Hofecker Matyas was invited to be temporary member of Harold Mabern Trio between 2016-2017 and played together with the living pianist legend and with one of the most highly regarded jazz drummers, Joe Farnsworth in Greece, Germany and Austria.
Hofecker recorded CD with Sheila Jordan – former singer of Charlie Parker – and has performed with many of the great musicians such as Jesse Davis, Dusko Goykovich, Don Menza, Stjepko Gut, Jim Rotondi, Renato Chicco and performed on music venues, jazz clubs and festivals, for example Morocco Tanjazz Festival Tangier, Half Note Athens, 606 London, Jamboree Barcelona, Jazzkeller Frankfurt, Unterfahrt München, Hot Club Lisbon, Jazzdock Prague, Jazzland Vienna, Montagnola Music Festival Bologna and many more.
“Mátyás Hofecker is a sensitive, fast-responsive bassist with an extraordinary ear and humility for music.” Peter Pallai, jazz critic, London 606 Jazz Club, 2016