Steinway artist Dr. Michael Rickman joined the faculty at the Stetson University School of Music, DeLand, Florida in 1983. Now holding the title Professor Emeritus, his performances continue to take him to significant cultural centers around the world. Of a performance in Freiburg, Germany the Badische Zeitung wrote, “Michael Rickman, brilliant at the keyboard, played not as a technician, but as a musician, who lived the performance with both body and soul.”

During his Stetson tenure, he maintained a studio of prize-winning students, preparing them for musical studies in noted graduate programs, competitions, and positions in the professional musical world. In 1990, Dr. Rickman was the first recipient of Stetson University’s Homer and Dolly Hand Award for Creative Activity and Research, and he was honored to receive it again in 2013. In 1995, he received the highest award given by Stetson University to faculty, the William Hugh McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In July of 2019 Dr. Rickman completed his 13th season as an Artist in Residence at the Orfeo International Music Festival in Vipiteno Italy. The Festival was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic. Each year since 2007 Dr. Rickman has appeared as soloist with the Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra, and in 2017 he was appointed Artist in Residence, after having performed the cycle of Beethoven Piano Concerti with that ensemble. In February 2019 Dr. Rickman traveled to Hong Kong where he served on the adjudication panel of the Hong Kong Schools of Music Festival. In 2010 Dr. Rickman was added to the worldwide roster of Steinway Artists. He is a Lakeside Records and Clear Note recording artist.