Elliott Schwartz ‘Jefferson – Soliloquy and Remembrance’ (August 2011 Premiere & November 2011 Film))

September 21, 2011

Elliott Schwartz-Jefferson Cadenza-Soliloquy and Remembrance Violin-Peter Sheppard Skaerved Filmed by Colin Still (Optic Nerve) in Peter Sheppard Skaerved’s ‘Only Connnect’ exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery  November 2011   From Elliot Schwartz: The piece is a two-movement work for solo violin, called “Jefferson Cadenza: Soliloquy and Remembrance,” and it was completed this summer. It’s intended […]

Michael Alec Rose – Air 2009-2001

September 21, 2011

Michael Alec Rose – Air 2009-2001 Michael wrote this wonderful piece for me last year. Here is its premiere. Martha Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University 19th September 2011 Michael Alec Rose – Air 2009-2001 Live Recording [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Stradivari 1698, Bow by Stephen […]

Paganini in Nashville

September 21, 2011

Paganini in Nashville  Ingram Hall, Vanderbilt University 19-9-11  I don’t usually post reviews, but this provides a sensitive overview of the project. ‘Violin Soliloquy ‘-by John Pitcher ARTSNOW NASHVILLE September 20 2011 You knew violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved was up to something the moment you walked into the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall. Instead of […]

Paul Osterfield-2 Caprices live in London

September 11, 2011

Paul Osterfield-2 Caprices live in London     On the 9th September, I played two of Paul’s wonderful new caprices as part of my ONLY CONNECT concert at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The whole concert was framed by text concerning Niccolo Paganini’s visits to London in the 1830’s. Here they are, wild and life-immediate […]

David Gorton-Caprices (Live at ONLY CONNECT NPG)

September 11, 2011

David Gorton-Caprices (Live at ONLY CONNECT NPG)  On the 9th September, I played all 7 of David Gorton ‘s  Carprices as part of my exhibition, ONLY CONNECT, at the National Portrait Gallery. Here they are, with introductions concerning Paganini’s visits to London. (Performance in Room 12 of the Gallery-informal recording)     PSS-Violin (‘Joachim’ Stradivari […]

David Gorton-Caprice 7 ‘Only Connect’ (Sneak Peak….)

September 8, 2011

Workshop performance-before premiere on the 9th September at National Portrait Gallery. David Gorton-Caprice 7 ‘Only Connect’ (Sneak Peak….)[Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Mihailo Trandafilovski-the composer’s hand

September 2, 2011

Mihailo Trandafilovski-work in progress I am fascinated by mark making. As an artist myself, my approach to the violin, to articulation, to colour, has and is profoundly affected by marks on paper and canvas, be they scores, drawings, letters or painting. I believe that so much can be inferred about a composer’s intentions, ideas, and […]

Elliott Schwartz-Tapestry

August 29, 2011

 Elliott Schartz-‘Tapestry’   November 3rd 2006 Library of Congress Nicole Johnson-Cello (Stradivari ‘Castelbarco’), Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Guarneri del Gesu ‘Kreisler’), Aaron Shorr-Piano[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Recording courtesy LOC.    With composer Elliott Schwartz, his wife, artist Deedee Schwartz, and writer Malene Skaerved. Portland, Maine-August 2011. Breakfast, and plotting more developments for our […]

Americans in Paris:The Lost Generation

August 28, 2011

Americans in Paris:The Lost Generation I will gradually gather on this page workshop recordings by the composers attached to the literary community in Paris in the 1920’s. It seems appropriate to record these at home. This was not music for the concert hall, but the dining room, the salon, the bookshop,the bar. Virgil Thomson’s 6 […]


August 23, 2011

Bach …. It is an awful truism to say that Bach is important to me. Ever since I played the whole cycle in one go at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, I have regularly performed the whole cycle-most enjoyably at Wiltons Music Hall or St Bartholomew the Great. I just don’t like talking about him […]