Stewart Hoffman has a wide variety of experience as both a performer and vibraphone, percussion and drum teacher.
He began studying jazz vibraphone, drums and percussion in his home town of Toronto, continuing his musical education in New York City and at the Institute of Advanced Musical Studies in Montreux, Switzerland with jazz vibraphonist David Friedman. He subsequently studied percussion with Elden C. “Buster” Bailey at the Juilliard School, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in music.
Stewart has backed headliners at Royal York's Imperial Room, performed musicals at the Stratford Festival, Petrolia’s Victoria Playhouse and Toronto's O'Keefe – now the Hummingbird – Centre, and was a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo in Venezuela and the orchestra of the Festival de Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy.
He has also performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the orchestras of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, and recorded for CBC radio and television. He has been leading his own bands, in which he plays vibraphone and drums, for over twenty years.
Stewart has been involved in music education since he began teaching drums privately at fifteen years old. In 1987, Stewart received his Ontario teaching certificate, and subsequently taught junior high school and high school band programs for several years. Today, Stewart teaches percussion and jazz piano and directs the percussion ensemble at Crescent School, a private boy’s school in Toronto. He continues to teach privately from his studio.
Stewart has written numerous feature articles on music and the arts for many of Canada’s leading periodicals, including the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Toronto Life magazine, Homemaker’s magazine, Performance magazine and the Performance magazines for Roy Thomson Hall/Massey Hall, the Toronto Symphony and the Hummingbird Centre. A number of his articles appear on this site.