Peter has worked closely with leading Macedonian composer, Mihailo Trandafilovski since 2005, when he was invited to premiere his Duo 1 in Skopje. Immediately, a collaboration was born. Since then, Peter has played the whole of Mihailo’s pedagogical cycle Cekori, premiered his Duo 2, recorded his violin concerto, and premiered and recorded his String Quartet, which […]
Peter Sheppard Skærved has been associated with the music of Hans Werner Henze since first collaborating with him in a performance of his Concerto Il Vitalino Raddoppiato as an eighteen-year-old. This first collaboration led to highly regarded CD and television recordings of the opera The English Cat, made in […]
Nigel Clarke with Hindemith! On the steps of the Conservartoire, Ankara. 2007. Photo: Marius Skaerved Nigel Clarke taught me how to collaborate. Our work together began at the Royal Academy of Music in 1985, with a piece for 13 strings, named for my ensemble, Parnassus. Since then we have studied, travelled, argued, discovered […]
David Matthews’ extraordinary cycle of 4, 3 and 2 part Fugues, began life in 1999, in response to Peter Sheppard Skærved’s performance of Bach and Telemann contrapuntal works. The initial E minor 4 part fugue was so successful that it precipitated the composition of the first large scale fugal cycle for solo violin. In order […]
Priaulx Rainier-Fragment ‘Rhythms of the Stones’ 23-01-2006 20th July 1950 (Rainier observing Barbara Hepworth, with John Wells, Dennis Mitchell, at work in the Trewyn Studio, on Contrapuntal Forms] ‘CONTRAPUNTAL FORMS’ ‘Rhythms of the Stones’ BARBARA HEPWORTH Priaulx Rainier Blue limestone. Carving Height 2.4m (7’ 9”) Glebelands housing area Owned by Harlow […]
I met Gloria Coates in Munich in 1991. From the moment that we met, I felt empathy: a conversation began which continues unabated. We have shared ideas over innumerable cups of coffee at the Lenbachhaus. There, the paintings of that most musical group of painters, the Blau Reiter, can be seen. Gloria Coates-Berceuse[Audio clip: […]
Collaboration with composers is the essence of what any performer does. The interchange with one informs the relationship with another. Gradually, this site will provide windows into this creative process.