Alan Hobbins Markham Stoufville
Canada is home to acclaimed Jamaican born pianist Alan Hobbins. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and a graduate Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music. Alan has studied with world renowned concert pianists like Oxana Yablonskaya, Adele Marcus, Leon Fleisher and Chopin specialist Marek Jablonski.
Alan has given many successful solo and chamber music concerts in Toronto, Waterloo, London, Ottawa, New York City and Jamaica, West Indies. He has performed at The Royal Conservatory of Music, Glenn Gould Studio, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, National Library of Canada, and Toronto Centre for the Arts. Additional concert appearances also include, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York and the Ward Theatre in his native Jamaica. Alan’s artistry brought concert engagements with The Frédéric Chopin Society of Canada. In 1999, he was awarded the Chopin Medal of Recognition by the Society for his all-Chopin debut CD recording. Alan’s discography also includes works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin. His recordings have been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio and Classical 96 FM.
In addition to Alan’s solo endeavors, he is also a superb collaborative pianist. He has worked with many singers in a variety of styles and performed in concert with the Upper Canada Children’s Chorus.
In 2008, Alan was honoured for Black History Month by the Markham African Caribbean Association for outstanding contributions and service to the community. In 1994, he received the Canadian Harry Jerome Award for Outstanding Professional Excellence. Other awards came from the Ontario Arts Council, Chalmers Award and the Classical 96 FM scholarship for study at The Royal Conservatory of Music.
Alan has been a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association since 2003, and is currently the Co-President of the Markham-Stouffville Branch. Over the years his students have won first place awards from ORMTA, Richmond Hill, Markham North York and Pickering Music Festivals, Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival and The Royal Conservatory of Music Silver Medal. Many of his students have pursued undergraduate music study and embarked on successful professional careers as musicians.
Alan is currently a member of the College of Examiners at The Royal Conservatory of Music.