Quebec pianist plays Candlelight Concert

Maple Ridge Music Society presents Maxim Bernard at Westacres on Saturday, Feb. 8

Maxim Bernard plays Westacres in Maple Ridge on Saturday Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.

Maxim Bernard plays Westacres in Maple Ridge on Saturday Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.

French Canadian pianist Maxim Bernard plays a Candlelight Concert for the Maple Ridge Music Society this weekend.

Bernard has already established himself as one of today’s most promising young artists. He has performed solo recitals, chamber music, and concerts in Canada and the United States. He has worked with many esteemed conductors such as Kerry Stratton, Ronald Zollman, Yoav Talmi and Charles Latshaw, among others.

Born in Québec City, he began piano studies at the relatively late age of 13, but his outstanding talent and work ethic promptly led to national and international recognition. Qualities that have been praised by critics include his commendable technique, surprising maturity, boundless imagination, and rare musical sensitivity.

His career launched in 2006 after winning the prestigious International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition which features the most talented young musicians in Canada.

• Maxim Bernard plays in Maple Ridge on Saturday Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.