After studying for five years with composers Yves Daoust and André Fecteau, Martin Bédard received the prize magna cum laude in electroacoustic composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. In 2011, he completed a PhD in electroacoustic composition under composer Robert Normandeau at the Université de Montréal.
Bédard’s works have been programmed by over fifty national and international events. He has won or has been selected in twelve international competitions, including an Awards of Distinction at the 2010 Prix Ars electronica (Linz, Austria).
Bédard received awards from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), the Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), the Fonds des amis de l’art (Serge-Garant Award), the Centre de création musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX, France), and the Université de Montréal. In 2012, the City of Montréal — Lachine Borough gave him the Au fil de l’excellence (Best Professional Artist) Award.
Beside his work in the field of electroacoustic music, Bédard has made sound designs for various Montréal stages, like Théâtre d’aujourd’hui, Prospero, La Licorne, Monument-National, Espace Geordie, and Périscope (the latter in Québec City). He is active on the artistic committee of Réseaux des arts médiatiques.
Bédard also teaches auditory perception, composition, and analysis of electroacoustic music at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and electroacoustic composition at Université de Montréal.
[English translation: François Couture, ii-13]