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 an active profile as a performer and has played with the major Symphony Orchestras in Australia. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1994 and from 2006-2016 served as Chair of the Piano Unit. He has given masterclasses throughout China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan and Indonesia. He received his PhD in 2010 on the late piano works of Robert Schumann.
His students and former students have achieved outstanding success in local, national and international competitions and have been major prizewinners at important competitions in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Croatia, Russia, Denmark and the UK. In both the 2012 and 2016 Sydney International Piano Competitions his students were awarded Best Australian Pianist.