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Hobbins captured the subtlety of expression which he brought to a phrase, single chord or note. His playing was neither over-intellectual nor under-emotional.”
– The Star

Chopin Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53
Photos by Bo Huang


Canada is home for acclaimed Jamaican born pianist Alan Hobbins.  His playing is described as that of concise and clear beauty coupled with passionate bravura.  Alan’s CD recordings have gained critical acclaim for their poetic artistry and lyrical imagination.

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.  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 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 and the Classical 96 FM scholarship for study at The Royal Conservatory of Music. 

A former teacher of The Royal Conservatory, Alan is currently a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and President of the Markham/Stouffville Branch.  His uncompromising dedication as a music teacher continues to inspire students of all ages.  Alan’s students have won first place awards in many competitions and music festivals.  Others have pursued undergraduate music study and embarked on professional careers as musicians.   In 2007, Alan joined the College of Examiners at The Royal Conservatory of Music.  

Alan began his Bachelor of Music study at the University of Western Ontario with Sonja Behrens as his mentor.  He later won a prized scholarship to The Juilliard School in New York where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.  While there, he studied with Adele Marcus and renowned concert pianist Oxana Yablonskaya.  Alan then pursued studies at the Glenn Gould Professional School of The Royal Conservatory of Music.  He obtained a graduate Artist Diploma while studying under Chopin specialist Marek Jablonski and internationally acclaimed teacher and performer Leon Fleisher.  



Winner of the Markham Economist & Sun
Readers’ Choice Award, 2019

Voted #1 Music Instructor

ORMTA Contribution to Teaching Award 2019 – Awarded for Dedication to the Music Teaching Community. Presented to Alan Hobbins by the Provincial Council of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association

“Striving for artistic excellence through inspired learning”

Alan Hobbins has been a community music teacher in the Markham area since 1989. An experienced examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music, Alan Hobbins provides excellent training for advanced students and young beginners. New students welcome.


Alan Hobbins in Concert

When: Sunday, October 29 at 4:00 pm
Where: St. Paul’s Bloor Street

* Tickets are $30 at the door (proceeds go to the Refugee Ministry)

An unforgettable concert by pianist Alan Hobbins and special guest, Ryan Downey, tenor.

With a repertoire including Beethoven, Chopin, and other incredible composers, this evening promises to connect music and compassion.

Concert Poster – Click to Enlarge

The Art of Chopin

Piano Music Vol. III

Alan Hobbins,pianist
MMCD05 – Maestro Music Co.

“Grand-scale pianism with the ebb and flow of emotion superbly controlled.”
-The WholeNote