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Premiering Paul Pellay's 'Slivers'. Wilton's Music Hall 21 5 16

Premiering Paul Pellay’s ‘Slivers’. Wilton’s Music Hall 21 5 16

‘Peter Sheppard Skærved er en sann virtuos, formidler og historieforteller.’ – Bergens Tidende. February 2016

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21st June-Recording Henze Violin Sonatas with Roderick Chadwick

Henze Sonatas with Roderick Chadwick 21 6 16

With Henze and Jan Philip Schulze, Genoa 1998

Very proud of this: as of yesterday, I have recorded all four Henze concerti and the three sonatas. I confess, happily, to a lifetime of wonder at Henze’s music, and his contribution to the voice of the violin was immense. The two violin sonatas and the Viola Sonata are incredible, and do listen to 19 year old genius-the first violin sonata is 1946-lyricism in the ruins. Words can’t express my gratitude to Roderick Chadwick’s artistry. Outtakes here!! http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=21457&action=edit

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Henze Sonatas with Roderick Chadwick 21 6 16

18th June Michael Alec Rose’s ‘Il Ritorno’ on Dartmoor

Michael Alec Rose's 'Il Ritorno' and works by Marini, Biber, Sadie Harrison etc Mortonhampstead Church Devon 20 6 2016 (Photo Soleil Sparks)

Michael Alec Rose’s ‘Il Ritorno’ and works by Marini, Biber, Sadie Harrison etc Mortonhampstead Church Devon 20 6 2016 (Photo Soleil Sparks)

Then, early on Saturday morning, down to Dartmoor, for end/beginning point of my three-year walking/writing/painting project on Dartmoor with Michael Alec Rose, ‘Il Ritorno’. To our great delight, the National Park Authority had ‘taken ownership’ of our crazy project, and enabled/presented an evening in the wonderful Mortonhampstead Church. I played surrounded by a spread of 30 of the paintings, plus notebooks, which marked out the research.
…and in the interval the large audience all came to leaf through them, which resulted in some rather moving discussions at the end as to which paintings people wanted to tell me about, what they identified with. The first half of the concert was mainly early music, including my version of a Pindar Ode (Pythian I) which had been an idee fixe across the week. The second half offered Michael’s extraordinary 40 minute piece, which is, and I do not use the word lightly, sublime. As the vast majority of the audience were from the area, I felt, while I played, a palpable sense of ‘taking ownership’ emanating from the audience, and the most extraordinary quality of silence that I have ever known, which the piece, in many ways frames, the silence of the moor. There was a standing ovation and people raced up to tel the composer stories, of their experiences of this precious place, relived, revived through this extraordinary work.

17th June-Music for Alexander the Great and ‘Sunken Cities’ at the British Museum

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Playing works inspired by Alexander the Great, with Mihailo Trandafilovski. Room 22 British Museum 17th June 2016

On Friday I presented my biggest (maddest) incursion into the British Museum, linked to the ‘Sunken Cities’ exhibit. The idea was to present three simultaneous events reflecting on the idea of Alexander the Great. I invited Dr John Bailey, Veronica Doubleday,, to play Rabab, Herati etc in the Enlightment Gallery. In the Islamic Gallery, the ever-more-impressive Alice Barron, was playing with a fantastic Oud player from Lebanon, Saiel Silbak, and in the Alexander Room, working with Mihailo Trandafilovski, I played a 2-hour set of works written for me from the Balkans, and Eastern Mediterranean, incliuding 6 works especially written for the evening. The event attracted great interest – hundreds of people going between the ‘stations’.

 

13th June Solo Concert at the Manor House on Axiotheas Steet, Nicosia, Cyprus

On stage at the Manor House 13 6 16

On stage at the Manor House 13 6 16

Thanks to Evis Sammoutis for all of this, and to Paul Pellay, Judith Bingham,Michael Alec Rose, Paul Pellay, Iannis Xenakis, Biagio Marini, Giovanni Bassano, JJ Rousseau, Pindar and Locatelli for wondful pieces!

On Monday, I was in Cyprus, to give a concert at the wonderful performing space of the Cultural Centre of the University. This is an outside venue, in the courtyard of a wonderful galleried Venetian building in the old town, but fully equipped with raked seating,lighting, pa etc. The centre piece of the evening was the Cyprus premiere of Evis Sammoutis’ ‘Nicosia Etudes’, in the town which is inspiring them. And I also played pieces written for me by Judith Bingham, Paul Pellay (his fantastic Mozart variant-also a second performance), and works by Biber, Marini, Bassano, Locatelli, Tartini, etc. And Xenakis. In the morning, I had given the keynote for the Continuum 2016 conference at the University, which brought together architects and musicians from the Yale, Cornell, UCLA, IRCAM etc. There’s a very exciting development with the Sammoutis project, which is now bringing together the Cyprus University, (our larger project has three year EU funding), with the Archicture School at Atlanta Tech, and Ithaca College.

7th June 2016 Recording Hans Werner Henze-Sonata for Viola and Piano

With Roderick Chadwick, one of the most virtuoso colourists among pianists. Henze 7 6 16

With Roderick Chadwick, one of the most virtuoso colourists among pianists. Henze 7 6 16

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Henze-Sonata for Viola & Piano (1979)

Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Viola (Matthew Hardie/Richard Meares)
Roderick Chadwick-Piano

Engineer-Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds)

Outtakes. Recording session 7/6/16

First Concert Day-Bergen Festival Residency 1 6 16

View from above. Playing Jorg Widmann-Etude 1 St Joergens Church. Bergen 1 6 16 (Photo Malene Skaerved)

View from above. Playing Jorg Widmann-Etude 1 St Joergens Church. Bergen 1 6 16 (Photo Malene Skaerved)

After a day of preparation and walking yesterday, I gave a 4hour non stop performance of Tartini and more in the fantastic church of Lepramuseet Bergen. For more info, go to :LINK

Preparing for Bergen Lepramuseet Residency 29 5 16

It strikes me, that the works that I have chosen to accompany the 30 Tartini Sonatas, and Sammoutis’s  Etudes this week at the Lepramuseet in Bergen, by Xenakis, Widmann, Lachenmann, Glass, Finnissy and Henze, have all been in my hands and imagination for 20 years. This week’s event, which is far from being concerts, is about reflection, about time, about silence, inspired by this extraordinary space, and the other spaces in which it has been my privilege to practise (in the broadest sense) this music over the years. LINK

Tree in Lepramuseet Kloster and architectural detail 30 5 15 Bergen

Tree in Lepramuseet Kloster and architectural detail 30 5 15 Bergen

Happiness in the Studio 23 May

Today, the Kreutzer Quartet had the joy of recording Michael Slayton’s exquisite ‘Sursum’, which will be released on Parma this summer. This lovely piece was written for us four years ago, and will be the first of a number of small pieces resulting fro this collaboration.

Kreutzer Quartet recording Michael Slayton-Sursum 23 5 16

Kreutzer Quartet recording Michael Slayton-Sursum 23 5 16

Michael Slayton-Sursum

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Outtakes (Kreutzer Quartet-Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde) 23 5 16

St John the Baptist, Aldbury, Engineer Jonathan Haskel

Two days of wonder

Two days, four world premieres, 8 Mozart Sonatas, two fabulous Victorian venues, wonderful collaborators, two pre-concert talks, lots of poetry, and at last, candlelight and friends back home. Concerts in Dover and London 20th/21st May

Deepin conversation with my wonderful Longbow friends, Rehearsing Ireland, Clarke, Gorton. Maison Dieu, Dover 20 May

Deepin conversation with my wonderful Longbow friends, Rehearsing Ireland, Clarke, Gorton. Maison Dieu, Dover 20 May

Three Exciting Days 19/20/21st May

SOUNDBOX May 19th 1pm. Piano Gallery, Royal Academy of Music, London

With composers David Gorton & Nigel Clarke exploring writing for string ensemble, NOT string orchestra!LINK

11th October 2013, Nigel Clarke and Malene Skaerved's extraordinary work in performance. Longbow (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Aisha Orazbayeva, Shulah Oliver, Alice Barron, Tanya Sweiry, Annabelle Berthome Reynolds, Preetha Narayanan, Diana Mathews, Morgan Goff, Evie Heyde, Val Welbanks, Rachel Meerloo) in action!

11th October 2013, Longbow in Dover

Maison Dieu/Town Hall, Dover 20th May 8pm Inspiration Dover

New works by Nigel Clarke, David Gorton, and my transcription of Tallis. Plus exhibition of my ‘Channel Firing Sketches’

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Mozart Sonatas with Daniel-Ben Pienaar, New works by Paul Pellay, David Matthews. 21st May 4pm, 8pm Wilton’s Music Hall LINK

On stage with the Fabulous Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Celebrating Mozart at Wilton's Music Hall 14 2 16

On stage with the Fabulous Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Celebrating Mozart at Wilton’s Music Hall 14 2 16

 

Out today-Interview on ‘The Cross-eyed Pianist’ 12 5 16

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Pianist Frances Wilson runs a fascinating website, with a great series of interviews (which include a healthy injection from the ‘Proust Questionnaire’). Here’s my contribution!

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Preparing for Mozart-Wilton’s Music Hall-May 21st

A lifetime’s work, and then you realise you have to begin again. My copy of Mozart K378, hopefully obliterating the muddle of the past-after a happy overnight of technical work. Let’s face it, I just love violin practice. For Mozart Sonatas with Daniel Ben Pienaar-May 21st at Wiltons Music HallLINK

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Hard at work in Munich

Back in one of my homes, Munich, rehearsing with the gang at the akademie für schöne künste (hence the view, and the snow) – Yves Savary, Kelvin Hawthorne, Jan Philip Schulze, Stefan Blum, Bettina Fass, and composer Pablo Quass. Great to back-it’s been too long.

KelviHawthorne, Yves Savary, Stefan Blum, Pablo Quass. 26 4 16 Munich

From where I sit-chamber music with Kelvin Hawthorne, Yves Savary, Stefan Blum, Pablo Quass. 26 4 16 Munich

25th April ‘Channel Firing’ for Dover Museum goes Live

As of today: my ‘Channel Firing’ live on the Dover Museum Homepage. With thanks to Joanna Jones, Clare Smith, Jayne Miles, Jon Iveson, Malene Sheppard Skaerved, Marius Skaerved and all the collaborating Artists on the ‘WW1 Joined Up’ adventure! LINK HERE

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24th April-For Rose-Choreography for Tartini

Last night, the California based choreographer Bettina Bike sent me the film of her ‘For Rose’ set to a movement of the Tartini ‘Sonata Piccole’ . it is really lovely, and I am so proud to be a small part of this!

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21st April 2016-Ole Bull is here!!!

it’s here! The Great Violins Volume 2: The Ole Bull Amati, with the wonderful Roderick Chadwick. It’s not released yet, so horses wil have to be held. With thanks to Valentine Saarmaa, who inspired this project, and Stephen Sutton at Divine Art for the vision and hard work. And a big shout out to Anders Beyer, who started my Ole Bull project (after a Messiaen concert in DK!) Here’s a link to the violin in Norway, last year! Link

The beautifully produced album from Athene (divine Art)

The beautifully produced album from Athene (divine Art)

16th April 2016. Bach, Biber, Matteis, Tartini with Julian Perkins

Playing Purcell's 'Sefauchi's Farewell' as an encore. Riverhouse Barn. Photo Malene Skaerved

Playing Purcell’s ‘Sefauchi’s Farewell’ as an encore. Riverhouse Barn. Photo Malene Skaerved

15th April 2016-with composer Douglas Young

The fascination of the score. Conversation with Douglas Young, making plans to record his fantastic string quartet and trio - and much talk of Paul Klee http://wp.me/pH1iH-5g8

The fascination of the score. Conversation with Douglas Young, making plans to record his fantastic string quartet and trio – and much talk of Paul Klee Link

Preparation for Tartini in Bergen 10 4 16

Some of the scores for the Tartini Cycle on my floor 10 4 16

Some of the scores for the Tartini Cycle on my floor 10 4 16

Facing the mountain (again!). Returning to the 30 Tartini ‘piccole’ (and my handwriting) Sonatas for my cyclic performances at the Bergen Festival in June. With some Evis Sammoutis, Michael Finnissy, Xenakis, Glass, Lachenmann & Widmann too.Link to Festival Programme

 Back to Reicha!

Rehearsing the ASTONISHING Adagio the Op 58 with Neil Heyde, Clifton Harrison, Mihailo Trandafilovski in preparation to record Volume 4 of our complete cycle for Toccata Classics. Here’s the Duo Concertant (with Aaron Shorr) http://wp.me/pH1iH-1RK

Wonderful Cello writing in Reicha 8 4 16

Wonderful Cello writing in Reicha 8 4 16

Composer at my table: Conversation & inspiration with Gloria Coates 4 4 16

Gloria Coates, discussing her 10th Quartet at my table, 4 4 16

Gloria Coates, discussing her 10th Quartet at my table, 4 4 16

I have been lucky enough to have been close friends with the wonderful American composer Gloria Coates for all my adult life. If you need convincing how fantastic she is, listen to this:

Gloria Coates – Berceuse from the Solo Sonata

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Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Recorded live in Cologne)

Filming and improvising at Wilton’s Music Hall with Mihailo Trandafilovski, directed by Malene Skaerved 1 4 16

 -a joyful day, with Mihailo Trandafilovski, filmed bvy Malene Sheppard Skaerved and Anna Megan McNutt at Wilton’s Music Hall. Here’s a link to some of the music which resulted, from some subterranean viola music and (the second on the post, some extraordinarily rhapsodic improvising from MT, while I just play a few drones)LISTEN HERE

The trouble is, that Mihailo Trandafilovski and I have never been able to lose the fun from our collaboration!

The trouble is, that Mihailo Trandafilovski and I have never been able to lose the fun from our collaboration!

Mozart Sonatas at Wilton’s Music Hall

Absolute pleasure. Mozart Sonatas with Daniel-Ben Pienaar-rehearsing for Mozart Salons 3/4 at Wilton’s Music Hall in May.LINK

rehearsing with Daniel-Ben Pienaar 29 3 16 Photo Malene Skaerved

rehearsing with Daniel-Ben Pienaar 29 3 16 Photo Malene Skaerved

Recording Thomas Simaku-in York 16 3 16

Playing Thomas Simaku-Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York 20 3 16

Playing Thomas Simaku-Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York 20 3 16

Thomas Simaku sessions in full flood and flight, here in York, with the fabulous Roderick Chadwick.for outtake to to www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com

Outtake from Sessions happening right now!

Thomas Simaku-My Beautiful Morea

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Recording Michael Alec Rose-Mornington Caprice 17 3 16

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A great end to the day of recording-here are three outtakes of Michael Alec Rose’s wonderful Frank Auerbach duo (dedicated to Lee Hallman) recorded with Diana Mathews today. LINK

 

Peter Maxwell Davies (15 3 16)

I was lucky enough to work with Peter Maxwell Davies a number of times. Here is his wonderfully mad, early quartet (and here I am, after a happy day of recording his solo violin music) . Every time we met up, there was the twinkle in the eye, the big hug, and the razor-sharp questions about what I was up to. ‘There’s a great spirit gone’ LINK

With Peter Maxwell Davies 2006, break in recording session for solo violin works

With Peter Maxwell Davies 2006, break in recording session for solo violin works

10-3-16 Playing at Tate Britain, for Frank Auerbach

With composer Michael Alec Rose, and Violist Diana Mathews (and Auerbach's 'Summer Morning 1991')

With composer Michael Alec Rose, and Violist Diana Mathews (and Auerbach’s ‘Summer Morning 1991’)

Michael Alec Rose’s ‘Mornington Caprice’, premiered in the wonderful Frank Auerbach Show at Tate Britain-with huge thanks to Lee Hallman and Diana Mathews. (oh, and a little Locatelli).

Playing the Locatelli 'Laberinto...' to Frank Auerbach's'Summer Morning' (1991) Tate Brita n10 3 16

Playing the Locatelli ‘Laberinto…’ to Frank Auerbach’s’Summer Morning’ (1991) Tate Brita n10 3 16

Locatelli-Il Laberinto Armonico, facilius adius, difficilis exius
Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (LO FI mobile phone recording, 10-3-16)

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9-3-16 Peter Dickinson Premiere

A real honour, this evening to premiere the violin version of Peter Dickinson's exquisite Air & Metamorphosis, to a tightly packed audience (alarmingly) filled with musical heroes.(thanks to Malene Sheppard Skaerved for the photo) And then Peter gave an imaginary interview with Satie (using only Satie's words!) Here's a link to my 'at the desk' version of 'Air'.LINK

A real honour, this evening to premiere the violin version of Peter Dickinson’s exquisite Air & Metamorphosis, to a tightly packed audience (alarmingly) filled with musical heroes.(thanks to Malene Sheppard Skaerved for the photo) And then Peter gave an imaginary interview with Satie (using only Satie’s words!) Here’s a link to my ‘at the desk’ version of ‘Air’.LINK

8-3-16 Prokofiev and Stravinsky with Roderick Chadwick

 Stravinsky & Prokofiev with the fabulous Roderick Chadwick at Clothworkers Hall - here with the Guild mascot, Cedric the Ram. 8 3 16

Stravinsky & Prokofiev with the fabulous Roderick Chadwick at Clothworkers Hall – here with the Guild mascot, Cedric the Ram. 8 3 16

7-3-16 Quintets with Michael Finnissy

On stage with Michael Finnissy, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde at Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University! Great photo by Ramakrishnan Kumaran

On stage with Michael Finnissy, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde at Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University! Great photo by Ramakrishnan Kumaran

4-3-16 Menuhin and his composers-the Hunt for Sound

Afternoon of quiet wonder. Talking about collaboration, with MSS by Bartok, Frank Martin, Kurtag, Bloch, Frank Martin (illustrated). 4 2 16

Afternoon of quiet wonder. Talking about collaboration, with MSS by Bartok, Frank Martin, Kurtag, Bloch, Frank Martin (illustrated). 4 2 16

If you would like to read the text of this talk, and links to performances by Menuhin, Busch, Szigeti, Elman, Heifetz, Powell, Enesco, and PSS, go to LINK

29th February Peter Dickinson-Air

I am going to be talking a lot about Peter Dickinson a lot this week. To start with, his lovely ‘Air’, at the desk with the world getting going outside. Nested palindromes, like a symmetrical prime number – but nothing cold about this music

Peter Dickinson-Air (ca.1959)

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Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Girolamo Amati 1629)
Workshop Recording Wapping 29 02 16

Peter Dickinson 'Air' on the desk with a section of fossil seafloor from Nashville TN 29 2 16

Peter Dickinson ‘Air’ on the desk with a section of fossil seafloor from Nashville TN 29 2 16

25-2-16. Hard at work with the master: Michael Finnissy

A joyful afternoon, working with Michael Finnissy on his life-enhancing completion and reflection of/on Grieg’s Piano Quintet. Thanks to Marius Skaerved for his keen eye (he has been listening to Finnissy quite literally, all of his life) . With Neil Heyde, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison Link

Composer/pianist Michael Finnissy, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, and Mihailo Trandafilovski

Composer/pianist Michael Finnissy, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, and Mihailo Trandafilovski

David Matthews-Complete Quartets Volume 4 in the Guardian

22 2 16. Pleased to get a second review  in the Guardian in 4 days. This time for our recording of David Matthews quartets on Toccata Classics. Buy it now. LINK

Read the review LINK

Read the review LINK

David Lancaster-Rough Cut (Live at Wilton’s Music Hall)

Below, saluting the composer! With David Lancaster 14 2 16

Below, saluting the composer! With David Lancaster 14 2 16

It was a week of David premieres. David Lancaster’s ‘Rough Cut’ at one end, and David Gorton’s ‘Lachrymae’ Etude at the other. Here’s the Lancaster, live at Wilton’s Music Hall.

David Lancaster-Rough Cut (Live at Wilton’s Music Hall)

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14th February 2016

Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin
(Niccolo Amati 1647 ‘Ole Bull’)

18th February-Review of Cowie Quartets CD – Guardian Newspaper

Link here to Andrew Clements Review of our new disc Edward Cowie Quartets 3.4.5

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Wilton’s Music Hall. Mozart and David Lancaster, 14th February

On stage with the Fabulous Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Celebrating Mozart at Wilton's Music Hall 14 2 16

On stage with the Fabulous Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Celebrating Mozart at Wilton’s Music Hall 14 2 16

The end of a great evening, with composer Davie Lancaster, and pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Wiltons Music Hall 14 2 16

The end of a great evening, with composer Davie Lancaster, and pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Wiltons Music Hall 14 2 16

Inspired by Julian Perkins and Daniel-Ben Pienaar

Rehearsing with harpsichordist Julian Perkins 13 2 16

Rehearsing with harpsichordist Julian Perkins 13 2 16

Inspired by masters of the keyboard. Mozart Sonatas with Daniel-Ben Pienaar tomorrow, and this morning hard at work with Julian Perkins – a week of Mozart, David Gorton, David Lancaster, Agricola, Marini, Biber, Purcell, Matteis, Torelli, Isaacus. There’s standing room at the British Museum, Friday LINK

The Amati violin: three generations up close-Thursday, 11.02.2016 12:30, Royal Academy of Music  Piano Gallery

A unique opportunity to meet, and hear, three extraordinary violins, by Andrea, Girolamo and Niccolo Amati, made in 1570, 1629, and 1647. Peter Sheppard Skaerved introduces the makers, the history and the music written for these instruments, both in their own times, and in the centuries succeeding.http://www.ram.ac.uk/whats-on/event/soundbox-10

One of those days. Preparing for tomorrow's Soundbox. There's going to be Bassano, Marini, Torelli, Biber, Matteis, and oh, these three. Andrea, Girolamo and Niccolo Amati 10 2 16

One of those days. Preparing for tomorrow’s Soundbox. There’s going to be Bassano, Marini, Torelli, Biber, Matteis, and oh, these three. Andrea, Girolamo and Niccolo Amati 10 2 16

Biagio Marini, at the desk 6 2 16

Biagio Marini's 'Capriccio' & Orlando Inamorata (both published in Venice in the 1620s)

Biagio Marini’s ‘Capriccio’ & Orlando Inamorata (both published in Venice in the 1620s)

Biagio Marini-Capriccio (imitation of a Lira) Op 8 (Published Venice 1627)
Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Andrea Amati 1570, Bow by Antonino Airenti 2010
Workshop Recording, at the desk Wapping 6 2 16

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Back to Mozart-3 2 16 London

Rehearsing with Daniel-Ben Pienaar 3 2 16 for Concert 2, Mozart Salons at Wiltons Music Hall https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/114-the-mozart-salons-concert-two

Rehearsing with Daniel-Ben Pienaar 3 2 16 for Concert 2, Mozart Salons at Wiltons Music Hall https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/114-the-mozart-salons-concert-two

30th January-David Matthews Complete Quartets, Volume 4, is here!!

David Matthews-Complete Quartets, Volume 4

David Matthews-Complete Quartets, Volume 4

It’s here. David Matthews Quartets Volume 4. With thanks to all involved. David himself, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde, Martin Anderson, David M Baker, Jonathan Haskell, Adaq Khan. Now order hard copy (great programme notes and design) or e materials from:https://toccataclassics.com/…/matthews-string-quartets-four/

29th January-Henze, and an inspiring mystery. More to follow

The viola... and my score of Henze Viola Sonata, which I will be recording with Roderick Chadwick

The viola… and my score of Henze Viola Sonata, which I will be recording with Roderick Chadwick. ON my practice desk, midnight, 29th January

Practice. Perfect (and mysterious) viola for Henze-Sonata.

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28th January-a joyful day with the Kreutzer Quartet

On stage, introducing works by Mihailo Trandafilovski, Michael Finnissy. Sadie Harrison, Richard Beaudoin, and David Matthews. Deptford Town Hall (Goldsmiths) 28 1 16. With Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde

On stage, introducing works by Mihailo Trandafilovski, Michael Finnissy. Sadie Harrison, Richard Beaudoin, and David Matthews. Deptford Town Hall (Goldsmiths) 28 1 16. With Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde

27th January Inspirations

Yesterday was a fantastic day. It began with a rehearsal with pianist Roderick Chadwick of Henze. This is in preparation for a recording of the Sonatas for violin and for viola, which we will make in the next couple of months for Naxos. Our focus was on the ‘Sonatina’, which Henze built from material from his children’s opera ‘Policino’. Every time that I play his music, I am astonished by the ability to evoke a complete world, and a heightened emotional state, almost immediately. The three short movements of Sonatina are a classic example of this, and Roderick’s visionary approach to piano sound ‘lit the blue touchpaper’ of this process immediately.

Roderick Chadwick: Every note that he plays, even if he is just demonstrating a single chord, is suffused with his unique ear for colour and meaning

Roderick Chadwick: Every note that he plays, even if he is just demonstrating a single chord, is suffused with his unique ear for colour and meaning

The afternoon was equally full of wonder; I sat down with my colleagues from the Kreutzer Quartet to work on Michael Finnissy’s wonderful piano quintet dialogues with Edvard Grieg. The session was enlivened by the presence of John Dilworth. John is one of the great makers, and it was a great privilege, that he wanted to just sit and listen to musicians at work; but it’s logical too. His unique ear for sound and wood, is the result of listening.

Cellist Neil Heyde with luthier John Dilworth. The never ending counterpoint between players and makers.

Cellist Neil Heyde with luthier John Dilworth. The never ending counterpoint between players and makers.

And then, I met with composer David Gorton, to work on the latest of his Caprices for solo violin, number 8.  David’s 1st Caprice was written for me to premiere in the British Museum, and this latest one will be premiered there, on the 19th February. It’s based on John Dowland’s Lachrymae, and a real test of graceful, modal scale playing. It’s already a favourite. After such a day, I just floated home.

Wich David Gorton, and his Caprice No 8. A fantastic ear for line, colour and meaning

Wich David Gorton, and his Caprice No 8. A fantastic ear for line, colour and meaning

26th January-the joy of pracice

After a wonderful day: Matthews & Finnissy with Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison and Neil Heyde, and a morning practising David Gorton’s Dowland Caprice and transcriptions, a calm night at the desk with Lorenziti’s solo Gluck transcriptions & memory of a great day of collaboration and friendship, for company.

Practice 25-6/1/16

Practice 25-6/1/16

20th January 2016-A wonderful collaborator.

It’s a great pleasure to officially welcome the spectacular American viola-player, Clifton Harrison, to the Kreutzer Quartet. We had our first public outing today, playing Mihailo Trandafilovski’s ‘Fibers AND Coils’ at the Excel Centre. The first chance that you will have to hear us in action, will be at the Deptford Town Hall, on the 28th January, 730, playing Finnissy, David Matthews and more. Here we are, rehearsing at my home in Wapping. Concentration, conversation, tea, coffee, laughter.

Kreutzer Quartet in rehearsal. PSS, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde. 20 1 16Photo: Malene Skaerved

Kreutzer Quartet in rehearsal. PSS, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde. 20 1 16Photo: Malene Skaerved

On February 19th, I will be playing a concert of works linked to the Waddesdon Room at the British Museum, with the wonderful harpsichordist, Julian Perkins. Here’s a link Link

14th January-Amati meets Thomas Urquhart

Today, in conversation, Benjamin Hebbert, who is always fascinating, pointed out the  similar arching in the ‘Ole Bull’ Nicolo Amati (1647) and a London-made violin by Thomas Urquhart (1663). We took this photo, which really makes the point.

Violins by Nicolo Amati (1647) and Thomas Urquhart (1663)

Violins by Nicolo Amati (1647) and Thomas Urquhart (1663)

He observes:

‘The most amazing thing is that a maker in Westminster, connected to the Royal Court would have been making highly observed copies of Amatis that belonged to the royal musical establishment. Fascinating evidence of what Royal musicians at the time of Purcell would have been familiar with.'(14/1/16)

Go to Violins and violinists, for a chance to read his insightful writing on Urquhart, Charles II, and Purcell

17th January-Online release of Edward Cowie ‘In Flight Music’

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Now you can go to the NMC website to listen to/buy Edward Cowie’s fantastic 3rd, 4th

http://www.nmcrec.co.uk/recording/flight-music

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9th January 2016 Michael Alec Rose’s ‘Il Ritorno’ on Dartmoor

Peter rehearsing 'Il Ritorno' at Mortonhampstead Church on Dartmoor 9 1 16

Peter rehearsing ‘Il Ritorno’ at Mortonhampstead Church on Dartmoor 9 1 16

After the Mozart concert, composer Michael Alec Rose and I caught the early train to Dartmoor to spend an inspiring, weatherbeaten day, walking, and rehearsing his ‘Il Ritorno’ on the Moor. The world premiere of this piece there, in June, will be presented by the National Park Authority – a truly enlightened gesture towards the music of our time. More here LINK

Mozart Sonatas at Wilton’s Music Hall:

Mozart at Wilton's Music Hall. With Daniel-Ben Pienaar. 8 1 16

Mozart at Wilton’s Music Hall. With Daniel-Ben Pienaar. 8 1 16

A great day:Mozart, Michael Alec Rose, at the BBC and Soundbox

An absolute joy Mozart with Daniel-Ben Pienaar. BBC Broadcasting House 7 1 16

An absolute joy Mozart with Daniel-Ben Pienaar. BBC Broadcasting House 7 1 16

Two roses: Michael Alec Rose and Gregory Rose at Soundbox, then with Daniel Ben Pienaar at BBC Broadcasting house. Listen here, from about 10′ in Mozart K 304, and the world premiere of Michael Alec Rose’s ‘Song’ inspired by Mozart.http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tlxvw

Premiering Michael Alec Rose 'Song' on BBC Radio 3 7 1 16

Premiering Michael Alec Rose ‘Song’ on BBC Radio 3 7 1 16

 

The Challenge of ‘what is a violin’?

Rehearsing on Paganini's del Gesu 'the Cannon'. Genoa 2007. Photo Richard Bram

Rehearsing on Paganini’s del Gesu ‘the Cannon’. Genoa 2007. Photo Richard Bram

Thinking about the amazing things that I have learnt from so many extraordinary instruments, new and old, and I realise, that in many ways, the most liberating challenge, the instrument that made me realise, that I needed to always be open to new possibilities of what a violin is, was this one. (there’s a bit from me in this article) Rehearsing in Genoa, 2007. Photo Richard Bram http://tarisio.com/…/cozio-cart…/the-paganini-cannon-violin/

A New Year! posted 6 1 16

This week starts my year off with three wonderful projects, in as many days. The pace is only likely to hot up, so it will be exciting. Tomorrow at 1230 pm I will present the first installment of Soundbox LINK. This week I am delighted to welcome back my dear friend and colleague Michael Alec Rose, talking about our walking/composing/playing/painting/writing project on Dartmoor. LINK

The work begins. Revelling in the latest movement of Michael Alec Rose?'s series based on Dartmoor, in the lovely space of the Ingram Hall Foyer, Nashville. http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2013/09/michael-alec-rose-pre-amble-world-premiere/

Working with Michael Alec Rose in Nashville 2014

After Soundbox, we will meet up with the wonderful pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar, and go over to Broadcasting House, where, at 430pm, we will play Mozart and Rose live, and talk about the first of the Wilton’s Music Hall ‘Mozart Salons’

Rehearsing Mozart with the fantastic Daniel Ben Pienaar. December 2015

Rehearsing Mozart with the fantastic Daniel Ben Pienaar. December 2015

Then it’s back to the Royal Academy of Music, and the same evening, the opening of my exhibition (co-curated with Johanna Tapp ‘Yehudi Menuhin-Journeys with a Violin’ LINK

A last check. 'Journeys with a Violin' 15 12 15

Peter Sheppard Skaerved, with his exhibition.’Yehudi Menuhin’Journeys with a Violin’ 15 12 15

On Friday 8th, the first of our Mozart Sonata series at Wilton’s Music Hall. This is absolutely my artistic home, so I am very excited to launch this fantastic new series. LINK

19th century neo-classicism at Wiltons Music Hall. Photo Male ne Skaerved 3 12 15

19th century neo-classicism at Wiltons Music Hall. Photo Male ne Skaerved 3 12 15