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Playing the Ole Bull 1647 Nicola Amati under the stern gaze of Handel. National Portrait Gallery 28 8 15

Playing the Ole Bull 1647 Nicola Amati under the stern gaze of Handel. National Portrait Gallery 28 8 15

‘Peter Sheppard Skaerved’s playing sets a gold standard.’BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE 2014

‘Peter Sheppard Skaerved weaves his haunted presence as primus inter pares  into what can be heard as extended chamber music. A superb disc.’ (Henze Concertos-reviewed in Gramophone Magazine July 2015)

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Mihailo Trandafilovski-Arc-en-ciel

I am constantly overwhelmed by the rich languages of the composers with whom it is my privilege to work. Here, playing his ‘Arc-en-ciel’ with my great friend Mihailo Trandafilovski-part of his new Innova release ‘Five’. Violinists-take the Trandafilovski challenge….YouTube Preview Image

Working with Gregory Rose 26 8 15

A wonderful morning working with Gregory Rose? on his ‘Three Miniatures’ (2015), which I will premiere on Friday at the NPG. More on this to follow. Link

It's in conversation, experimentation, story-swapping, hanging out-that collaboration happens. With Gregory Rose, and lots of great tea 26 8 15

It’s in conversation, experimentation, story-swapping, hanging out-that collaboration happens. With Gregory Rose, and lots of great tea 26 8 15

First reaction: Sadie Harrison Disc Reviewed in the Guardian 22/8/15

Very pleased for this first review of the very new Sadie Harrison disc in the Guardian! LINK

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New Release-collaborating on String Ensemble works with Nigel Clarke. 23 7 16

My longest serving (!) collaborator. Nigel Clarke

My longest serving (!) collaborator. Nigel Clarke

For three decades the English composer Nigel Clarke (born Calcutta in 1960) has worked in close collaboration with the violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved. His engaging and energetic music often takes its cue from a dramatic or poetic impulse, here featuring two tributes to Edith Cavell, the British nurse shot in the First World War, two musical portraits of the town of Dover. ‘Parnassus’, the first piece to result from this collaboration, initiated a series of pieces for string ensemble, most recently for their virtuoso ‘Longbow’ collective.

With Gloria Coates-London 15 July 2015

Conversation with Gloria Coates. London 15 7 15

Conversation with Gloria Coates. London 15 7 15

Gloria Coates-Live in Munich 21st June 2015 Gasteig
Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Mihailo Trandafilovski-Morgan Goff-Neil Heyde)
Roderick Chadwick-Piano

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8th July, ‘Barnstorming with Ole Bull’ at Wilton’s Music Hall

The delight of working with fantastic celleagues. With Eve Daniell (Soprano) and pianist Roderick Chadwick at the end of our Ole Bull celebration at Wiltons Music Hall

The delight of working with fantastic celleagues. With Eve Daniell (Soprano) and pianist Roderick Chadwick at the end of our Ole Bull celebration at Wiltons Music Hall

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http://wiltons.org.uk/whatson/76-barnstorming-with-ole-bull-maverick-virtuoso

With Ole Bull's Amati and his bow, in the Nursery at Lysoen. 28 5  15

With Ole Bull’s Amati and his bow, in the Nursery at Lysoen. 28 5 15

Recording Nigel Clarke-works for String Ensemble, directing Longbow. 30 6 15

The composer with Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Longbow. St Judes on the Hill, 30 6 15

The composer with Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Longbow. St Judes on the Hill, 30 6 15

Longbow -Director/Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Aisha Orazbayeva, Midori Komachi, Alice Barron, Annabelle Berthome Reynolds, Sara Cubarsi, Shulah Oliver, Morgan Goff, Diana Mathews, Evie Heyde, Valerie Welbanks, Rachel Meerloo.

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DNA Project-Article in the Daily Beast

 This just appeared in the Daily Beast-wonderfully coherent stuff from Charlotte Jarvis and Nick Goldman, and inchoate blabbering from me (predictably). But proud of it, none the same! With thanks to Mihailo Trandafilovski, Neil Heyde, Morgan Goff.Link to article. Link to the project

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast

David Matthews-Solo Sonatina re-emerges!

A wonderful morning working with David Matthews on his very Early Sonatina for solo violin, which I persuaded him to let me play (it was withdrawn-and I found a copy in Travis and Emery). A fantastic piece, full of so much of what was to come, particularly the epic 5th Quartet! http://www.toccataclassics.com/cddetail.php?CN=TOCC0059

Part of David Matthews's unperformed 'Sonatina' for solo violin (1975), which I will record for Toccata Classics next week

Part of David Matthews’s unperformed ‘Sonatina’ for solo violin (1975), which I will record for Toccata Classics next week

Three Days of David Gorton and Dowland 23-25th June-London

An amazing achievement from David Gorton; enraptured players recording his Lachrymae Variations today. With Aisha Orazbayeva, Alice Barron, Sara Cubarsi, Annabelle Berthome Reynolds, Shulah Oliver, Malcolm Allison, Evie Heyde, Carter Callison, Valerie Welbanks, Uilleac Whelan, Diana Mathews, Salome Salomé Rateau, Midori Komachi, Preetha Narayanan, David Gorton. Photo: Malene Sheppard Skaerved

An amazing achievement from David Gorton; enraptured players recording his Lachrymae Variations today. With Aisha Orazbayeva, Alice Barron, Sara Cubarsi, Annabelle Berthome Reynolds, Shulah Oliver, Malcolm Allison, Evie Heyde, Carter Callison, Valerie Welbanks, Uilleac Whelan, Diana Mathews, Salome Salomé Rateau, Midori Komachi, Preetha Narayanan, David Gorton. Photo: Malene Sheppard Skaerved

 The launch of David Gorton's new disc, beautifully produced by Stephen Sutton at Divine Art Recordings Group/Metier-performing with Neil Heyde, Chris Redgate, Zubin Kanga-and great programme notes from Michael Hooper. Buy it now! http://www.divine-art.co.uk/CD/28550info.htm

The launch of David Gorton’s new disc, beautifully produced by Stephen Sutton at Divine Art Recordings Group/Metier-performing with Neil Heyde, Chris Redgate, Zubin Kanga-and great programme notes from Michael Hooper. Buy it now! http://www.divine-art.co.uk/CD/28550info.htm

A day of composers, collaborators and inspiration: Stage two, with the Longbow team, working on David Gorton's fantastic 'Lachrymae Variations', which we will record tomorrow-with Aisha Orazbayeva. Alice Barron, Sara Cubarsi, Annabelle Berthome Reynolds, Malcolm Allison, Shulah Oliver, Evie Heyde, Carter Callison, Ulliac Whelan, Diana Mathews, Salomé Rateau, Midori Komachi, Preetha Narayan.http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2014/08/the-exchange-project-distributed-creativity-as-artistic-strategy-david-gorton-and-peter-sheppard-skaerved/

A day of composers, collaborators and inspiration: Stage two, with the Longbow team, working on David Gorton’s fantastic ‘Lachrymae Variations’, which we will record tomorrow-with Aisha Orazbayeva. Alice Barron, Sara Cubarsi, Annabelle Berthome Reynolds, Malcolm Allison, Shulah Oliver, Evie Heyde, Carter Callison, Ulliac Whelan, Diana Mathews, Salomé Rateau, Midori Komachi, Preetha Narayan.http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2014/08/the-exchange-project-distributed-creativity-as-artistic-strategy-david-gorton-and-peter-sheppard-skaerved/

Celebrating Gloria Coates?. The end of an extraordinary concert, and an amazing week. Also onstage, Roderick Chadwick?. Mihailo Trandafilovski?, composer Elena Tarabanova,Neil Heyde, Morgan Goff?. A huge thankyou toe Musica Femina München, for their vision and work, putting this day on. . http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2015/06/gloria-coates-piano-quintet-premiere-eine-amerikanerin-in-munchen/

Celebrating Gloria Coates?. The end of an extraordinary concert, and an amazing week. Also onstage, Roderick Chadwick?. Mihailo Trandafilovski?, composer Elena Tarabanova,Neil Heyde, Morgan Goff?. A huge thankyou toe Musica Femina München, for their vision and work, putting this day on. . http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2015/06/gloria-coates-piano-quintet-premiere-eine-amerikanerin-in-munchen/

Kreutzer Quartet and Roderick Chadwick premiere Gloria Coates in Munich 21st June

This Sunday, the latest stage of our long, wondrous journey with the great Gloria Coates-the premiere of her new Quintet in Munich-More info here!

April 4th 2015 A joyous morning of coffee and conversation with Gloria Coates; here with the Bartok sculpture by Imre Varga in South Ken. As good a reason as any to listen to her extraordinary music. http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2010/02/new-release-gloria-coates-quartet-9-plus/

April 4th 2015 A joyous morning of coffee and conversation with Gloria Coates; here with the Bartok sculpture by Imre Varga in South Ken. As good a reason as any to listen to her extraordinary music. http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2010/02/new-release-gloria-coates-quartet-9-plus/

Great Writing-Read Paul Pellay, on Beethoven, Redgate, and Webern 17th June 2015

‘And that is really why I may not be “Beethovened out” after all. I just needed to have him seize me once more by the scruff of the neck and talk some “anti-sense” to me. READ ON!!!!-LINK

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16th June-Kreutzer Quartet at Wilton’s Music Hall

ust in from an exhilarating evening on our favourite stage, with our favourite audience at Wilton's Music Hall?. Fantastic to introduce Roger Redgate for the first time, and to premiere his brilliant 4th Quartet, in dialogue with the rest of the programme-Beethoven Op 59/1, Op 133, Op 22 (arr. David Matthews), Webern Bagatelles. Photo Malene Skaerved

ust in from an exhilarating evening on our favourite stage, with our favourite audience at Wilton’s Music Hall?. Fantastic to introduce Roger Redgate for the first time, and to premiere his brilliant 4th Quartet, in dialogue with the rest of the programme-Beethoven Op 59/1, Op 133, Op 22 (arr. David Matthews), Webern Bagatelles. Photo Malene Skaerved

(here, my performing copies of Redgate and Beethoven/Matthews)

(here, my performing copies of Redgate and Beethoven/Matthews)

12th June Music at the Spheres. Kreutzer Quartet with Artist Charlotte Jarvis and Mathematician Dr Nick Goldman

Recording the new quartets. MIhailo lays down the law!

Recording the new quartets. MIhailo lays down the law!

Bubbles, DNA, Quartets. An inspiring afternoon and evening, with Charlotte Jarvis, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde, Dr Nick Goldman. Music of the Spheres at Dilston Grove. Link for more photos by Marius Skaerved and recordings

DNA Bubbles, the film of the server room, Charlotte Jarvis and film crew from BBC Newsnight

DNA Bubbles, the film of the server room, Charlotte Jarvis and film crew from BBC Newsnight

9th June-New, not so new and very old, in York!

With Neil Tomas Smith (Photo-Chris Leedham)

With  composer Neil Tomas Smith
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Tomorrow-in York. Not only workshopping 6 fascinating new works, but performing pieces by my long time collaborators, Sadie Harrison, Nigel Clarke, Thomas Simaku, David Gorton. Here’s a short post about my work with them all, and you will find lots of recordings and films of the pieces which they have written for me if you search the site. More here!

Ole Bull’s Amati, back in Norway

I am in Bergen, the home of Ole Bull and Edvard Grieg, and with me, I have the astonishing 1647 Niccolo Amati he bought in 1861, and called his ‘Pearl’. On the 26th May, I played the first notes to be heard on this violin in Norway, since his death in 1880-at the beautiful Trolsalen at Trolhaugen-Grieg’s House. On the 27th, the violin was reuinited with Bull’s one surviving bow, owned by his the great grandson of his brother. To find out more, go to: LINK

The first note's on Bull's violin, back in Bergen after a century. Troldsalen   (Troldhaugen-Grieg's House) 26 5 15

The first note’s on Bull’s violin, back in Bergen after a century. Troldsalen (Troldhaugen-Grieg’s House) 26 5 15

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New works for the York Project, with a fossil Brain Coral I found in the Bahamas this March

New works for the York Project, with a fossil Brain Coral I found in the Bahamas this March

More inspiration, works selected following the Contemporary Music Research Centre at the University of York national call for works;  New solo violin pieces by John Cummins, E. Ekmektsoglou, Will Hunt, Joel Jarventausta, David Lancaster, Neil Tòmas Smith, and Jake Steeper. Link

24 5 15-A rich morning of practice and preparation. 

A rich morning-working on Ole Bull for this week’s concerts in Bergen, and preparing sets of parts for two exciting recordings, David Gorton?s fantastic new ‘Lachrymae Variations’, and Nigel Clarke?’s ‘Parnassus’, where it all started. Still as obsessed with what string instruments can do, as I was in my first year at RAM.http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2014/05/nigel-clarke-parnassus/

Ole Bull, David Gorton, Nigel Clarke, Coffee, pens, pencils, erasers. Work 24 5 15

Ole Bull, David Gorton, Nigel Clarke, Coffee, pens, pencils, erasers. Work 24 5 15

Two premieres and Beethoven at Wilton’s Music Hall 13 5 15

Tonight, the honour and joy of premiering new works by two of our great composers-Robin Holloway (3rd Quartet) and David Matthews (15 Preludes), inspired by the Wilton's Music Hall atmosphere and fantastic audience

Tonight, the honour and joy of premiering new works by two of our great composers-Robin Holloway (3rd Quartet) and David Matthews (15 Preludes), inspired by the Wilton’s Music Hall atmosphere and fantastic audience

 

 

Ole Bull’s ‘Pearl’ in public for the first time in a century

With the 1647 Niccolo Amati (Ole Bull's 'Pearl'). Royal Academy of Music Museum 12 5 15

With the 1647 Niccolo Amati (Ole Bull’s ‘Pearl’). Royal Academy of Music Museum 12 5 15

Today at the Royal Academy of Music Museum, in introduced the extraordinary 1647 Niccolo Amati. To hear extracts from the recording made yesterday on this violin, go to:LINK

New release-Mihailo Trandafilovski ‘Five’. Violin Duo, Clarinet Quintet, Piano Cycle, Cello Duos, and a ground breaking work for the Kreutzers and the New London Chamber Choir

New Album of chamber, solo and choral mucsic by Mihailo Trandafilovski on INNOVA

New Album of chamber, solo and choral mucsic by Mihailo Trandafilovski on INNOVA

This just in-wonderfully presented disc of Mihailo Trandafilovski’s music! With thanks to all the fantastic team on this recording-the team at INNOVA, NLCC, Roderick Chadwick, Neil Heyde, Evie Heyde, Morgan Goff, Roger Heaton, Aidan Oliver, Jonathan Haskell, Morgan Roberts, Graham Williams, Elo Masing, Marius Skaerved, Simon Weir, and a shout out to Minjas Zugik! Now go and buy it here. Astonishing, elemental music, which it’s a joy to be a part of! http://www.innova.mu/albums/mihailo-trandafilovski/five

Results of the University of York ‘Call for Works’

New works for solo violin have been selected by William Hunt, Neil Smith, Joel Jarventausta, David Lancaster,  John Cummin, and  Emmanouil Ekmektsoglou, which I will workshop and perform at the National Centre for Early Music in York on June 9th. Many thanks to all at the York Music Department, especially Thomas Simaku, for masterminding and running this exciting project!

30th April With David Matthews- Opening the Workshop Door

An inspiring day working with David Matthews on his new ’15 Preludes’. David, to date, and according to my count, has written more well over 30 works for solo violin….all of which are wonderful. Here, the composer’s workshop wide open, his comfortable work room in North London. Tomorrow, we are playing his Beethoven transcriptions at the Michael Tippett Centre. Link

David Matthews' workroom.  30 4 15

David Matthews’ workroom. 30 4 15

Ole Bull’s 1647 Amati

What has this violin got to do with a street in Wapping, Madison Wisconsin, and a Norwegian Patriot?. On the 12th May I will be talking about it at SOUNDBOX. Tuesday 12th May 1230pm Royal Academy of Music Museum-String Gallery-Admission Free

Ole Bull's Pearl 30 4 15

Ole Bull’s Pearl 30 4 15

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Ole Bull-Et Saeterbesog (i-phone recording, courtesy of Marius Skaerved) 4 3 15 (Peter Sheppard Skaerved-workshop recording, on the 1647 Ole Bull Amati)

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....and love..., Sadie Harrison and Malene Sheppard Skaerved's radiant new songs, at the National Portrait Gallery tonight. With Eve Daniell and Roderick Chadwick-thanks to Marius Skaerved for the photos http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2014/10/channel-firing-dover-museumdmag-at-soundbox-royal-academy-of-music-14th-october-recording-and-visual-materials/

24 4 15….and love…, Sadie Harrison and Malene Sheppard Skaerved’s radiant new songs, at the National Portrait Gallery tonight. With Eve Daniell and Roderick Chadwick-thanks to Marius Skaerved for the photos LINK

22nd April 2014. Back Home at Wiltons Music Hall. Beethoven Op 95, Cowie, David Matthews Beethoven Arrangements

22nd April 2014. Back Home at Wiltons Music Hall. Beethoven Op 95, Cowie, David Matthews Beethoven Arrangements

Onstage at Wilton's Music Hall 15 4 15

Onstage at Wilton’s Music Hall 15 4 15

Wonderful day recording with the Kreutzers and Edward Cowie 15 4 15

Wonderful day recording with the Kreutzers and Edward Cowie 15 4 15