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Dr Paul Rickard-Ford
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After completing his BMus at the Melbourne Conservatorium, Paul Rickard-Ford was awarded the Clarke Scholarship to undertake postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London where he gained the ARCM and the Dannreuther Prize for the most outstanding concerto performance.

He has won many major competitions and awards in Australia, including Commonwealth winner of the 1983 ABC’s Instrumental & Vocal Competition, and in 1984 was invited to perform before HRH the Duchess of Kent in a recital at the residence of the American Ambassador in London. 

 

He returned to Australia in 1985 to undertake performing engagements with the ABC and returned to the UK for further study in 1986 as the inaugural David Paul Landa Memorial Scholar. In 1988 he received an “Australia Achiever” award for his achievements in music and was presented with the award by the Prime Minister at a special reception in Sydney during the Bicentennial celebrations.

At the end of 1988 Paul returned to the UK where he gave recitals in London at St. James’s, Piccadilly, Leighton House and a series of recitals at Colnaghi Galleries as well as performing at various festivals throughout England. He remained in London until 1994 when he was appointed as a Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium. He is in demand as a recording artist, recitalist, examiner, adjudicator and master teacher throughout Australia. In 2000 he was invited to give masterclasses at the Beijing Central Conservatory and the Shanghai Conservatory and gave recitals at the Australian Embassy in Beijing and the Shanghai Concert Hall.
In recent years he has been a frequent performer on ABC Classic FM and has recorded Liszt’s complete “Annees de Pelerinage”, 2 all Schumann recitals, an all Chopin recital and several “Sunday Live” programs, all of which were broadcast nationally.

He is an acknowledged leader in the field of Professional Development for piano teachers and has been Artistic Director of the Sydney Conservatorium’s annual Summer and Winter Piano Festivals since their inception 10 years ago. Paul’s students have achieved great success at competitions and examinations throughout Australia and overseas and he has five times won the AMEB’s Teachers’ Shield for the most outstanding results. He was appointed Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of music in 1994 and in 2006 was appointed as full time Lecturer in Pedagogy and Piano.

He completed his PhD in Music Performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide on the late piano works of Schumann in 2010. In 2008 he was appointed as a Federal Examiner for the AMEB and has recently toured Malaysia giving master classes for the Sydney Conservatorium. Paul Rickard-Ford presently serves as Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy/Piano and Chair of the Piano Unit.

Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance
Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance
Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance
Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance
Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance
Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance
Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance
Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance
Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance
Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance
Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance
Arco Music Academy School Hurstville Sydney New South Wales NSW Australia Violin Piano String Orchestra Musician Performance