Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

December 6, 2009

Work on ‘Il Cannone’

December 6, 2009

October 20th 2014. I have been asked to write a short piece talking about the experience of performing on Paganini’s wonderful violin on Gut strings. To date, I am the only person to have done this, it seems! Here is what I wrote yesterday.    Like many violinists, I feel as if I have known […]

George Rochberg

December 5, 2009

George Rochberg -Caprice Variations Conversations and Commentaries listen: Rochberg-Pachelbel Variations (Authorised Transcription by Peter Sheppard Skaerved) I Solisti di Zagreb (directed by PSS) (From conversations in Philadelphia, London, and Saarbrücken 2001-2002) In Banja Luka, I first ‘got’ ‘Caprice Variations’, or rather; it finally really took hold of me, of my soul. This recital hall is […]

With Nigel Clarke in the Gobi Desert

December 4, 2009

Nigel Clarke-Loulan (Voices from the Sand) Unreleased session outtake. Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivaria 1699 ‘Crespi’) Recorded 2003

Judith Bingham

December 3, 2009

The Premiere of Judith Bingham’s ‘Lost Works of Paganini’ in Genova. 2007 Peter has collaborated extensively on Judith Bingham since 2006. In that year, the composer was profoundly inspired by the arrival of Paganini’s violin in London, and became a fundamental part of the work and research that Peter was doing around this figure. Judith […]

Jörg Widmann ‘Etude 1- The breathing of Statues’ and ‘Etude 2’

December 3, 2009

Meeting Jörg Widmann 1990 Widmann-Etude Live Recording. London January 2009 Engineer-Colin Still (Optic Nerve) March 2003 In March 2003 Peter Sheppard Skaerved recorded works written for him by Widmann,in a recording session that was never released. At the time, these were all first recordings. Here are some unedited outtakes.  Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivari 1699 ‘Crespi’) Engineer-David Lefeber […]

Thomas Simaku wins BCA

December 2, 2009

Last night Thomas Simaku won the BCA award for an an instrumental solo or duo, with his Soliloquy 5, Flauto Acerbo. Congratulations!Thomas has been working with the Kreutzers and Peter for many years. The quartet released a portrait disc of Simaku’s on Naxos last year. Simaku dedicated his 2nd quartet to him and his concerto […]

Michael Alec Rose

December 2, 2009

Peter was introduced to Michael Alec Rose in 2004 by the late George Rochberg. Their meeting resulted in an immediate and intense collaboration. In the few years since Michael has written Peter a number of solo violin pieces, a set of violin duos, a duo with double bass, the Pastoral Concerto, premiered in Nashville in […]

Mihailo Trandafilovski

December 2, 2009

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 […]

Hans Werner Henze

December 1, 2009

              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 […]