Elliott Schwartz and Peter Sheppard Skaerved have been collaborating for over a decade-following a much earlier meeting. This collaboration has resulted in countlesss performances of classic Schwartz works, such as Memorial in Two Parts, which Peter has played worldwide with Aaron Shorr. The Kreutzer Quartet has made a groundbreaking recording of Schwartz’s wonderful Bellagio Variations, paired with George Rochberg’s 3rd Quartet. In 2002, Peter presented a week long celebration of Schwartz’s work at London College of Music, which included the premier of the first work dedicated to him, Water Music, scored for string orchestra and pre-recorded material.
Most recently, a shared interest in Thomas Jefferson and Maria Cosway led to an intense exchange of ideas and material. This culminated in a new Violin Concerto, premiered at Bowdoin College, Maine, in 2008.