Bédard served 1969-78 as organist at the Church of Notre-Dame de la Nativité in Beauport (near Quebec City) and in 1978 he became the regular organist at the Church of Saint-Coeur-de-Marie in Quebec City. He also was the accompanist 1983-8 of the Petits Chanteurs de la Maîtrise de Québec. He began teaching at the CMQ in 1981. As his reputation as an organ and harpsichord recitalist grew, he played frequently on the CBC and also for the Amis de l'orgue, the Concerts Couperin, the Pro Organo Society, and for the Concerts spirituels at Saint Joseph's Oratory. After a Bédard performance of works by Messiaen, Mozart, de Grigny, Buxtehude, and Bach, Marc Samson wrote, 'Moreover, he displays musical ideas which, while they may be debated from some points of view, never leave us indifferent'(Le Soleil, 6 Mar 1975). Bédard also has composed several works, notably for wind instruments, including a sonata for alto saxophone and piano (1981) and one for flute and piano (1984), both published by Éditions Doberman-Yppan (1987, 1988), a sonata for trumpet and organ (1987) recorded by Louis Larouche et Sylvain Doyon (Interdisc S-100527) and a Concerto for flute (1987) commissioned by the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. He also has recorded four Handel concertos for organ and orchestra with the Ensemble Carl-Philipp (1982, Alpec A-83042), and some works for oboe and harpsichord with Philippe Magnan (RCI 651).
Author Hélène Plouffe
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