Paganini’s dream of ravioli and chamber music….

October 20, 2011

On Wednesday 19th, at the Library of Congress I was handed this wonderful document from their collections-a rather alarming recipe for Ravioli! Food was very important to Paganini, and particularly Genovese cuisine. In his letters, from the time he left Italy for the first time in 1828, it is a theme that returns again and again. […]

David Matthews-Variation on a Theme by Diabelli

October 17, 2011

  THIS JUST IN! Monday 17th September.A few days ago I received a package and postcard from David Matthews: The postcard, dated 11-October 2011, incluldes the following-“Here is a another trifle which may amuse you. I wrote a 34th Diabelli Variation for piano mnore less in the stye of LvanB some time in the 1970s & […]

Pierre Baillot-Ancient Air

October 12, 2011

Pierre Baillot-Chant des Litanies. Peter Sheppard Skaerved. Del Gesu ‘Kreisler’. Library of Congress May 9th 2009Pierre Baillot-Ancient Air J J Rousseau Air a trois notes (arr. Pierre Baillot) Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Workshop recording) 12 10 2011 Pierre Baillot: ‘…this study reflects the quality of daydreaming, a situation of the sould in which we would have […]

Campaganoli-L’ art d’inventer à l’improviste

October 12, 2011

Bartolomeo Campagnoli (September 10, 1751 – November 6, 1827)-L’ art d’inventer à l’improviste des fantaisies et cadences pour le violon: formant un recueil des 246 pièces amusantes et utiles en tous les tons. Op.12 (Leipzig 1812) This wonderful collection has been an inspiration to me for years. I will gradually record and upload its fantasies and […]

Sadie Harrison-Violin Duos

October 9, 2011

My son, Marius, has begun studying Sadie’s wonderful violin duos. Here is his response to day one, working on ‘Tourmeline’ Tourmaline (for two violins):A Tourmaline is a type of precious stone, which is often called the “Rainbow Gemstone.”  This is due to its magnificent display of colouring.    It is referred to in Egyptian legend as […]

Paganini-Divertimenti Carnavaleschi

September 27, 2011

Paganini-Divertimenti Carnavaleschi Live performance, London 2006 Directed by Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Sadie Harrison – Ballare un passacaglia di ombre (August 2011)

September 22, 2011

Sadie Harrison – Ballare un passacaglia di ombre (August 2011)  World premiere-Ingram Hall, Nashville Tennesse 19-9-11 Peter Sheppard Skaerved=-Violin 

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 Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Stradivari 1698, Bow by Stephen Bristow 2010)

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 […]