He is a
cellist and teacher who was born in England to a family where his father was the acclaimed
violinist Emanuel Hurwitz CBE who led the English Chamber Orchestra, Melos Quartet and the New Philharmonia
Orchestra among others.
He started to
learn the cello when he was just 8 years old and went on to study with
tutors that included Amaryllis Fleming and Keith Harvey.
In 1970 he
played with the progressive rock and jazz big band Centipede. Five years later he became a member
of the Amphion String Quartet around 1975 and
remained with them for fifteen years before taking the position of cellist
at the Philharmonia Orchestra.
From the 1960s
he has performed on many recordings that range in genre from classical to
popular music. Some of these
include Finzi/Berkeley: Music for Oboe & String
Quartet by the Amphion String Quartet, Septober Energy by Centipede, Hoople by
Mott the Hoople, Bump ‘N’ Grind by Jackson Heights, Blue Moves by Elton John and Latin Cello by London Cello Sound, Mercadente: Decimi/La Poesia by The Philharmonia
Soloists, The Least We Can Do Is Wave
To Each Other by Van der Graaf
Generator and the Relatively Complete
Symphonic Recording of Les Miserables.
In the field
of music education he was a teacher at Trinity College of Music for a
decade but in recent years has become a private tutor.