Matt is an in demand London based guitarist and composer, with a distinct musical approach that takes inspiration from many different genres. He can be regularly seen performing around London and the UK in a variety of contexts, as well as leading his own ensemble 'The Matt Hurley Group', an ensemble that performs Matt's original music combining influences of contemporary jazz and European folk music.
A graduate from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where Matt had the privilege of studying jazz and classical guitar, being taught by some of the UK's finest musicians including John Parricelli, Phil Robson, Colin Oxley, Barak Schmool, Adam Goldsmith, Martin Speake and Malcolm Edmonstone. After completing an undergraduate degree, Matt was awarded an Artist Fellowship of the school, an honorary additional year in association with the school to enhance professional artistic development.
He has also had the privilege of privately studying with legendary musicians such as John Abercrombie, Tom Harrell, Dave Holland, Will Vinson, Howard Alden and Ben Street.
Matt has performed in a number of world renowned venues and festivals including: Wigmore Hall, The Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex Jazz Club, Copenhagen Jazz Festival and The London Jazz Festival
He has played in a wide variety of settings, from improvised solo concerts to full scale orchestral premiers, and has performed with artists such as Jorge Rossy, Anthony Strong, The Southbank Sinfonia, Compass Ensemble, Masque Collective, Sebastiaan De Krom (Jamie Cullum, Herbie Hancock) and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Matt is also in demand as a session musician, recording for high profile Media companies such as 'Mcasso'. Recent recording highlights include recordings for; BBC One, BBC Maida Vale Studios, Vivo Global (Technology Company)
A highly versatile and creative musician with an eclectic range of influences including Bill Frisell, Wayne Shorter, Steve Reich, Jim Hall, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Björk, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Jimi Hendrix, Sonny Rollins, Mark Ribot, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis.
Matt is also a passionate educator, regularly teaching students of a wide range of abilities and ages to an exceptionally high standard. He is a specialist in Jazz, Pop/Rock and Folk guitar styles.