Dr Paul Rickard-Ford

Senior Lecturer and Chair of Piano Unit

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 [...]

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 was a featured performer in the popular “Keyboard Preludes” program on Classic FM in 2007 where he performed and discussed Preludes by Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. Together with his piano duo partner, Natalia Sheludiakova, he has given Australian and World premieres, most notably Carl Vine’s Piano Sonata for Piano Four Hands, a special commission for the SCM’s 101 Compositions project.

In 2008 he was appointed as a Federal Examiner for the AMEB. He tours Asia annually and regularly visits Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul and Hong Kong giving masterclasses for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Paul Rickard-Ford presently serves as Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Piano Unit. He completed his PhD on the late piano works of Schumann in 2010 and was shortlisted by the University of Adelaide for the University Medal.

His students have achieved outstanding success in local, national and international competitions and have been major prizewinners at the EPTA International Piano Competition in Belgium, the Adilia Alieva Competition in France, the Keri Keri International Piano Competition in New Zealand, the Vlassenko Competition in Australia and in 2012 one of his students was awarded the Best Australian Pianist at the Sydney International Piano Competition. He is a pioneer in the field of professional development for piano teachers and he is in demand as a guest lecturer at pedagogy conferences throughout Australia.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching is focussed on my personally developed pedagogical principles of Freedom and Control.From a technical point of view I have found it essential for students to understand how to overcome difficulties and to establish clear ways of dealing with problems via solutions which will involve a deeper understanding of one’s own physicality and a clear perception of the technical and musical issues involved. In addition to this I believe it is vital that a teacher does not impose upon a student’s capacity to develop their own individual creativity and pianistic style. A close and open culture of freedom of expression is essential to a student’s sense of well-being and ambition.

Students in my studio will hopefully thrive in an environment which is both supportive and nurturing and designed to develop the individual to the highest standards possible.

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Areas of Study

Piano

Phone

612-935-11405

Location

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music