Denis Bédard, who was born in Quebec City in 1950, first studied music at the Quebec Conservatory of Music, graduating with first class honours in organ (in the class of Claude Lavoie), harpsichord, chamber music, counterpoint and fugue. Laureate of the “Prix d'Europe” in 1975, and of the CBC Radio Talent Competition in 1978, he continued his studies in Paris, Montreal and Amsterdam, notably with Gustav Leonhardt.
Denis Bédard has given concerts throughout Canada, in the United States, in France and in Brazil and has composed well over 150 works, many of which have been performed internationally (in more than 30 countries). A professor at the Conservatoire de musique in Quebec City from 1981 until 1989 and organ professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from 2001 until 2004, Denis Bédard was organist in several churches in Quebec City before being appointed organist and music director at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver in September 2001. In 1993, with his wife Rachel Alflatt, he founded Éditions Cheldar (www.cheldar.com), which publish his organ and choral compositions.