Rehearsing Harold In Italy on the HUGE Barak Norman Tenor, with Orlando Jopling and the Royal Orchestral Society, St Johns Smith Square, London. 27 1 18. Photo. Malene Skaerved

In the Studio- First Recording of Edward Cowie 2nd Quartet

On the 16th February I spent a a wonderful day recording Edward Cowie’s wonderful 2nd Quartet  with my dear Kreutzer Quartet friends. We released a disc of Ed’s 3rd, 4th and 5th Quartet on NMC a few yearsa ago: since then, our collaboration with this great composer has deepened, resulting in more new works and many performances. Go to  LINK for outtakes.

The end of a great day. With Composer Edward Cowie 16 2 18

Review for Michael Alec Rose – ‘Il Ritorno’

‘Skærved is in quite superb form’: Pleased to see another thoughtful review for Michael Alec Rose’s wonderful music. Thanks, as ever to Stephen Sutton at Metier/Divine Art LINK

In the Studio, 25th January 2018. The Klagenfurt MS (1685)

Unheard: 40 wonderful, anonymous, movements from the 1685 Klagenfurt Manuscript, which I recorded last Thursday. Four different scordaturae in this selection. Just 120 movements to go! Perfectly suited to the tiny 1685 Stradivari (all gut of course) and the Airenti bow. Listen here. LINK

MIhailo Trandafilovski-Concerto, Duos for Violin and Piano, Quartet

The cover of the new Metier disc of Mihailo Trandafilovski

First look. On the way now from Metier-a disc that I can’t wait for people to here. From our great living composer violinist. Photo taken during a concert, by Claire Borley, which sums up so much of this musician, who digs deep in to the essence of sound, and of the instruments he writes for. Thanks toStephen Sutton at Metier, and the fantastic players on this disc. Roderick Chadwick, Rachel Meerloo,Evie Heyde, Valerie Welbanks, Shula Oliver, Diana Mathews, Aisha Orazbayeva, Alice Barron, Preetha Narayanan, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde and Mihailo Trandafilovski. Here’s a link to the live peformance of the violin concerto, Diptych which happened thanks to Monika Machon and Richard Bram.Here withJoanna Jones’s wonderful painting.https://vimeo.com/84545206

Preludes & Vollenteries.Concerts in January and February

Please note-the 2nd February concert has been postponed. More details to follow

Peter Sheppard Skærved continues his exploration of the baroque violin, inspired by the astonishing churches built and rebuilt after the Great Fire in London’s Square Mile. These intimate salon-style concerts offer dialogues between the great architecture of Wren, Hawksmoor, Hooke, and the violin-makers and composers whose works were heard in London at the time.

The astonishing dome of St Mary at Hill, where we begin the winter series of ‘Preludes & Vollenteries’ photo byPSS 8 1 18

Preludes & Vollenteries 7 – Toccata, Ciaconna, Tromba a violino

Tuesday, January 16 at 6 PM – 7 PM

St Mary at Hill, London, EC3M 1, United Kingdom

Works by Giuseppe Colombi, Bernard Berenclow, William Gorton

Plus: Alistair Hinton – ‘A Bouquet for David & Jenifer’


Exploring. St Brides 5 10 17

Preludes & Vollenteries 8 – A Gresham Street ‘Passacaille’

Friday, January 26 at 6 PM – 7 PM

St Anne & St Agnes, Gresham Centre,

 Gresham St, London EC2V 7BX

Guest artist- Olwen Foulkes – Recorders

Works by Jacques Hotteterre, Gottfried Finger, Nicola Matteis, Jonkheer Jacob van Eyck. John Bannister, Robert King, Johann Paul von Westhoff & Cornelius Gijsbrechts

Plus: Emmanuel Berrido – Miserere (2016) London Premiere

Completely enchanted playing at St Mary Abchurch. Preludes & Vollenteries 3. Photos. Malene Malene Sheppard Skaerved

Please note-the 2nd February concert has had to be postponed! More information to follow.

A little Paganini 3 1 18

Celebrating Jeremy Dale Roberts.

Here’s my playing score for ‘ étude’

Tomorrow, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde and I will play 5 movements from his masterpiece for String Trio, ‘Croquis’ (recording live for BBC R3). Here’s my playing score for ‘ étude’. I have played this wonderful piece for over a decade, love it more and more, and learn more from it every time. This movement always gives me a moment’s pause, when I know that I will be playing it in public!

Listen! Edward Cowie solo and quartets, live and in the studio

With Edward Cowie at Wilton’s. post concert picture by Malene Sheppard Skaerved

Beginning recording our second disc of Edward Cowie today! First,  listen: Live recording of my premiere of Edward Cowie’s ‘GAD’ . Wilton’s Music Hall 21 11 17, recording by Colin Still. post concert picture by Malene Sheppard Skaerved https://wp.me/pH1iH-6fl

‘Miss Gertrude Stein as a Young Girl’ 25 11 17

Something new. Filmmaker Colin Still and I have made the first group of short films documenting solo violin works written by and for the ‘Lost Generation’ in Paris in the decades after WW1. Here’s a taste: Virgil Thomson’s ‘Miss Gertrude Stein as a Young Girl’

Voice of the Violin 21st November Wilton’s Music Hall

Andrea Amati 1570 meets Antonio Stradivari 1685

First meeting: preparation for Tuesday’s ‘Voice of the Violin’ at Wilton’s Music Hall. Music from Bassano and Marini to premieres by Edward Cowie and David Matthews, and violins including these two, from ca.1570 and 1685, here meeting for the first time. https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/363-the-voice-of-the-violin

News for the day 18 11 17 Jan Groth in Minneapolis

….my Jan Groth project will go to the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 2018 to celebrate their purhase of one his large-scale works. Here’s some, in situ at Kunsthallen Bergen, earlier this year.Recording Michael Finnissy Quartets 7 11 17

A wonderful day with the Kreutzer Quartet recording Michael Finnissy quartets today in Highgate! Here’s some of the fun:

Two days of Telemann!!!! As a prelude to my concert with Mihailo Trandafilovski on Friday, he will be my guest at SOUNDBOX at the Royal Academy of Music Museum tomorrow 1230 November 2nd String Gallery. There will be Telemann Canons, Lilliputian Chaconnes, Fantasies, Country Dances, and Trandafilovski Rainbows, Bumble Bees, Marches and Microchromatics….come and enjoy!

One of the great inspirations for Preludes and Vollenteries. The 1629 Girolamo Amati. which will be heard in this concert

Peter Sheppard Skærved & Mihailo Trandafilovski – Violins

6 pm Friday November 3rd St. Botolph without Bishopsgate London EC2M 3TL
Tickets £10 (£5 concessions) from www.eventbrite.co.uk., on the door, orwww.peter-sheppard-skaerve d.com

Programme includes: Georg Philip Telemann – Suite ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. Fantasies & works by François-André Danican Philidor & Michel Corette

Plus: MihailoTrandafilovski – Duos

Peter Sheppard Skærved continues his exploration of the baroque violin, inspired by the astonishing churches of London’s Square Mile. Salon-style concerts reflecting the architects, writers, violin-makers and composers whose work flooded London in the decades after the Great Fire

Preludes & Vollenteries

Delighted and inspired by last night’s experience playing in Wren’s only gothick church, St Mary Aldermay. Anonymous 17th Century works, and Gregory Rose’s lovely Three Studies. Next concert: Teleman and Swift on Bishopsgate. 6pm November 3rd, St Botolph’s Bishopsgate. More here: http://wp.me/pH1iH-6cj

Rehearsal. Colin Still setting up to record

Sadie Harrison-a new Duo

A lovely new duo from Sadie Harrison, just arrived, for Mihailo Trandafilovskiand I. To hear and BUY earlier duos, go to

New duo by Sadie Harrison

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

I am delighted to answer-just use the ‘Contact’ link. It is incredibly useful for me to be able to hear responses, ideas and suggestions, so I really appreciate them!

Recording David Matthews Quartet 14 and Solo Works 24 1017

Great day of recording,  MORE HERE which finished with David Matthews 14th Quartet, with Neil Heyde, Clifton Harrison, Mihailo Trandafilovski, the composer, and , the wonderful Czech composer, Pavel Novak (to whom David’s ‘Brno Fantasia’-which I recorded today-is dedicated) – here’s Pavel’s ’25 Caprices’ which I premiered some years ago in Brno. Listen here (Matthews to follow) http://wp.me/pH1iH-22G

End of a great day. The Kreutzer Quartet with David Matthews and Pavel Novak. 24 10 17

Preludes & Vollenteries III-St Mary Abchurch

Completely enchanted playing at St Mary Abchurch. Preludes & Vollenteries 3. Photos. Malene Malene Sheppard Skaerved

Roger Redgate-Caprices!!!

The beginning of Roger Redgate’s 1st Caprice on the desk 30 9 17

A new cycle of caprices begins. From my dear friend Roger Redgate. Read more here! http://wp.me/pH1iH-6at

Preludes and Vollenteries-Concert 1 14th September St Stephen Walbrook

Rehearsing in St Stephen Walbrook 14 9 17

The beginning of a great adventure. Listen to extracts from the first concert here: http://wp.me/pH1iH-69B

Giuseppe Tartini–L’arte del arco; Variations on Gavotte from Corelli’s Op.5, No.10

(L’arte dell’arco o siano cinquanta [50] variazioni per violino, e sempre collo stesso basso composte dal Sigr. Giuseppe Tartini sopra alla più bella gauotta del Corelli)

Outtakes of Recording Day – 16 8 17 St Michaels Highgate, London

Peter Sheppard Skaerved – Violin (Girolamo Amati), Bow-copy of Tartini’s bow by Antonino Airenti

‘l’Arte dell’Arco’

My practice copy of ‘Tartini’s’ ‘Art of the bow’ 16 8 17

 Tartini – 50 Variation s on a Them of Corelli, or ‘l’Arte dell’Arco’, which I record today. I spent the whole of last summer exploring it (go to the link) and the picture is my second part/log, which covers the past two weeks or work. Often described as a pedagogical work, by people who have not explored it, the ‘Art of the Bow’ is a masterpiece, an ‘enlightened chaconne’. Outtakes tonight. http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2016/08/exploring-tartinis-art-of-the-bow-a-voyage/

Working with With Hafliði Hallgrimsson 10 8 17

With Hafliði Hallgrimsson 10 8 17 Wapping

A fantastic morning collaboration, conversation, and inspiration from my dear friend and wonderful composer Haflidi Hallgrimsson. No composer understands string instruments better than he … Listen to his Offerto and Epigrams here. Photo, Malene Sheppard Skaerved http://wp.me/pH1iH-sT

Improvisation with Field Crickets-a new project begins….

Discussing the Field Cricket project with Dr Jane Sears and Laurence Rose 8 8 17

Improvisation with field crickets…a few days ago, I had a fascinating conversation with two inspiring colleagues, Jane Sears & Laurence Rose, about the RSPB’s ‘Back from the Brink’ project. The topic of our conversation, the Field Cricket (Gryllus campestris), and the idea of building a conversation between music and the wonderful work that is going into its revival. John Clare would have been pleased……

‘And thee in russet garb from bent to bent,
Moping without a song in silence there.
Till grass should bring anew thy home content,
And leave thee to thyself to sing and wear
The summer through without another care.’
(John Clare, the Field Cricket)

Watch this space! To find out more about the RSPB project go to https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/…/proj…/field-cricket-reintroduction

August 6th TARTINI SONATAS VOLUME 4!!! It’s here!

Great work from the team at Toccata Classics!

So pleased that the latest volume of my 5 disc traversal of Tartini’s 6-hour (!) cycle of solo sonatas is here! Buy your copy here! https://toccataclassics.com/product/tartini-30-sonata-piccole-v4/

July 21st – an inspiring first meeting with luthier Paul Davies and his ‘Spur’ violin

13th July 2017-Recording Michael Finnissy Quintet and Quartet

Day of wonder. Recording Michael Finnissy’s exquisite Clarinet Quintet ‘Liederkreis’ and String Quartet ‘Civilisation’ with the composer, LInda Merrick, Neil Heyde, Clifton Harrison, Mihailo Trandafilovski in HIghgate. Outtakes to follow. So privileged to spend decades working with this extraordinary composer and to have such a team of friends to work with. St Michael’s HIghgate 13 7 17

New! Tartini Sonate Piccole Volume 4!

This just in, The cover for Tartini Sonate Piccole Volume 4! Order Volumes 1-3 here Link

Nikosia June 2017 

Practising in one of my favourite places – Garo Keheyan’s ‘Shoe Factory’ in Nikosia. Villsmayr on the floor, Evis Sammoutis on the wall. More here. http://wp.me/pH1iH-64B

A favourite place to work. At Garo Keheyan’s ‘Shoe Factory’, practising Villsmayr, with help from Sammoutis scores on the wall 26 6 17

Playing Mozart and Grieg, with Daniel -Ben Pienaar,. A Prairie Home Companion, MS ROTTERDAM 11 6 17

Bergen Festival residency May 24 – 29th

For more information, go to  LINK

Recording Mihailo Trandafilovski Duos with Roderick Chadwick 16 5 17

The end of a great day. With composer/violinist Mihailo Trandafilovski and Pianist Roderick Chadwick St Michael’s Highgate 16 5 17

A fantastic day recording two amazing works by Mihailo Trandafilovski in the church with Coleridge is buried. Listen here. http://wp.me/pH1iH-61z

Premieres! Kreutzer Quartet and Linda Merrick play Rosalind Paget, David Matthews, Michael Finnissy, Hafliði Hallgrímsson, Paul Pellay 11 5 17

The end of a joyous evening. Friends and collaborators. With David Matthews and Rosalind Page after premiering their quartets at Goldsmiths this evening. With Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde, Linday Merrick, Mihailo Trandafilovski; and thanks to Roger Redgate and Imogen Burman-Mitchell! A great day and a great evening (there were wonderful pieces written for us by Michael Finnissy Paul Pellay and Haflidi Hallgrimsson too.!

Exploration. A day with the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra 10 5 17

Today, I had the great honour of spending the day exploring two great works for String Ensemble by David Gorton and Nigel Clarke, with the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra more here: http://wp.me/pH1iH-619

Working it out. Work on Nigel Clarke’s ‘The Miraculous Violin’

Wonderful concert photography by Catharine Fileman-Wright – 2/5/17

Candlelit on Dartmoor. Playing Ole Bull ‘Fanitullen’ on the 1629 Girolamo Amati, Moretonhampstead Church, Devon, 2 5 17

Online-John Cage at at Tate Modern!

This recording, playing Cage with Mihailo Trandafilovski, has just gone online on the Tate Modern site: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/performance/robert-rauschenberg/something-nothing

Playing Cage in the Rauschenberg Exhibit. Tate Modern 2017

Concert on Dartmoor 2nd May 2017

Tomorrow’s concert on Dartmoor, of miniatures, explores the violin from 1585 to the present day – Giovanni Bassano, Biagio Marini , Thomas Baltzar, Giovanni Battista Vitali, Torelli, Heinrich Biber, Klagenfurt Handskrift, Demachy, Niccola Matteis, J S Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Pietro Locatelli, Giuseppe Tartini, Michel Woldemar Niccolo Paganini, Ole Bull, Myllarguten, Ole Bull, Peter Sculthorpe, Nigel Clarke, Michael Hersch, David Gorton,Michael Alec Rose, Evis Sammoutis, Evis Sammoutis, Duncan Krummel Yuting Tan -the last two selected from the brace of composers it was my privilege to work with at Peabody and Ithaca in the past few weeks. Other works from the fascinating new works emerging from these projects will find their way into my programmes very soon – the haunted atmosphere of these two perfect for this concert on the moor!

Dartmoor Granite 22 07 16

Kreutzer Quartet with Linda Merrick. Manchester 28th April 

A fantastic day at the Royal Northern College of Music, premiering new quintets by our dear friends Michael Finnissy and Paul Pellay, commissioned by our long term collaborator, clarinettist Linda Merrick. More pictures here. LINK


Chamber music is about listening. Neil Heyde and Michael Finnissy listen to Linda Merrick play the exquisite solo movement from his ‘Liederkreis Quintet’ RNCM 28 4 17

Svalbard Project 23-26th April 2017

Walking East along Adventsfjord.24 4 17

I have just returned from an astonishing few days at the 78th Parallel, taking my Jan Groth project to the Kunsthalle Svalbard, where one of his tapestries hangs.

Working with Jan Gorth’s ‘Tegn V’ 1990, Kunsthalle Svalbard 25 4 17

This has been a life-changing few days, an encounter with the most exquisite wit, extraordinary people of all ages, and, with Groth as my guide/goad. I am, gradually, building these materials into the webpost which I attempted to keep, while I was there. LINK

Jan Groth on Svalbard. 

Just arrived. The most beautiful place in the world to practice. Updates here!

First night of practice, Longyearbyen, 78/15 degrees.

April in Baltimore and Ithaca

I am just coming to the end of a wonderful project working with my young collaboration colleagues at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and Ithaca College. Seventeen new works, the result of six months of collaboration. Many thanks to two great composers, Michael Hersch and Evis Sammoutis for the inspiration and hard work, in making this happen. Link here

The end of a wonderful project. With some of my fabulous Ithaca collaborators. Emmanuel Berrido, Dallas Joseph Howard, Parker Callister, Duncan Krimmel, after the final day, of recording and concert. Thanks to Evis Sammoutis & Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann for the inspiration. 19 4 17

Listen here! Newly recorded Mihailo Trandafilovski!

In March, we recorded Mihailo’s extraordinary ‘Fibers AND Coils’, in preparation for an upcoming release of his sonatas, concerto and chamber music. LISTEN HERE: https://soundcloud.com/trandafilovski/fibers-and-coils-outtake

Mihailo Trandafilovski-composer/virtuoso Dover May 20 2016

Grand scale for Berlioz and Bryon!

Playing the 17 3/4 ” Barak Norman (1700) at home 29 3 17

This Christmas, Marius Skaerved gave me a fantastic gift, an early edition of Byron’s ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’. Little did he know that I had embarked on a year long project to play Berlioz’s ‘Harold’ on this exquisite, graceful Barak Norman tenor. The orchestral performance will be in January, and there are plans to record the Liszt version with an 1840s piano. For now, ready Ben Hebbert’sexploration of this extraordinary instrument. LINK

Restoration! Anonymous Sonatina (ca 1680) from the ‘Rost Codex’ (23rd March 2017)

After a happy morning exploring 17th Century architecture with composer Nigel Clarke, I spend the afternoon working on the rather obscured MS of an anonymous Sonatina collected in the 1680s by the copyist Franz Rost, who lived in Baden Baden between 1640-88. This extraordinary piece is marked to be played on an intstrument tuned CGCE .  I find that this works well with the C’ set at ca.420Hz, so it will sound as if it is tuned AEACsharp!Listen here.

Rost Codex (Rost, Franz) (1680-1688)

Anon – Sonatina ‘Verstimmt’

Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Workshop Recording. Maggini (tuning CGCE)

The beginning of the ‘Sonatina’. Note the instruction ‘Verstimmt’ -‘detuned’ or Scordatura. I have used white pencil to cover up the ‘bleed-though’ and acid damage from the ink. 23 3 17

New works from Michael Finnissy and David Matthews-in rehearsal now!

Two brand new works on the quartet stand yesterday. David Matthews 14th Quartet & Michael Finnissy Liederkreis Quintet. A joyful moment. with Neil Heyde, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison.

New release on the way! David Matthews Solo Works, Volume 2

 So pleased and proud of this second volume of solo works (I DONT LIKE THE WORD UNACCOMPANIED-WE DONT SAY UNACCOMPANIED PIANO) by the great David Matthews (and that I premiered all the works on this album….) Buy Volume 1 here! LINK

The ‘Preludes and Vollenteries’ project grows

A cache of unknown 17th Century scordatura solo works, on the practice rrom floor 12 3 17

Preludes and Vollenteries-the other side…over the past two weeks, studying ca. 90 unknown/anonymous (save one) movements for solo violin (at least 60 of them, scordatura, collected ca. 1680. It helps to lay them out to get a grip of this sudden addition 3-4 hours of 17th century unaccompanied music, and I am very grateful to have been locked up in a German hotel room last week, to practice them round the clock.  Find out more here LINK

With Gloria Coates in Munich – 9th March

About to go on stage at the Residenz here in Munich, and spent the afternoon with my dear friend and inspiration, composer Gloria Coates. An afternoon of planning, listening, and laughter. Watch out for upcoming CD launches and performances of her chamber music in London.

Gloria Coates at Home in Munich. 9 3 17

New work from Edward Cowie – 3rd March

And this just arrived-Edward Cowie’s new solo work for me. Listen to his sublime Particle Partita (with Mihailo Trandafilovski) here. http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2017/02/edward-cowie-particle-partita-live-2017/

Oslo-25-28 February – Work with Jan Groth

The excitement of a new work!!! Edward Cowies new GAD, for me. 3rd March 2017

Follow the link! http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/2016/10/for-jan-groth-anders-beyer-2016-17/

Working with the great Artist Jan Groth. Oslo 27 2 17 (Photo Malene Skaerved)