Peter Sheppard Skærved, violinist. An introduction

Posted on May 28th, 2023 by

This is a short introduction to who I am, and what I do. Please use the attached contact form if you want to get in touch, or have further questions (or E-mail:

Peter recording with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien – RSO Wien. Autumn 2022

Here’s the short introduction to my work:

Peter Sheppard Skærved – Violin

Peter Sheppard Skærved is acclaimed internationally for performances of a vast range of solo repertoire, including major works written for him by established ‘greats’ such as Hans Werner Henze and George Rochberg, to the many young composers with whom he collaborates worldwide.

A Grammy-nominated recording artist, he has one hundred critically acclaimed albums to his name. These include the complete Tartini Solo Sonatas, 24 Telemann Fantasies, cycles of Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert Sonatas, eight discs of solo works from the 1600s and many of the works dedicated to him. Recently he has made films on great instruments in the Library of Congress, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and the Metropolitan Museum. Peter is Honorary Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London, and Fellow of Goldsmiths, University of London.

‘Skærved is fully on top of even its most stratospheric technical challenges’ Gramophone Magazine ‘


Peter Sheppard Skaerved clearly responds to the music’s communicative desires; it now has a conversational tone, now sings with the breathiness of a very human voice’ New York Times


All of my work is project-based, whether it is music of the early baroque, or working with the dozens of composers with whom I

Shostakovich Trio with Caspar Vos and Leonard Elschenbroich. Menuhin Forum Bern. Gaia Festival May 2023 (Photo: Sarah Timar

have collaborated for the whole of my career. I am not a specialist in any one period, or field, but have dug deep into a broad range of music, resulting in performed and recorded cycles of musics from the 1600s to the 2000s.

I will expand this page over the next few days, with more information about the work!


Here is an overview of some of the 100 plus albums I have recorded, as available on Spotify ;

And my YouTube Channel, which includes hundreds works not currently available. You will find this a useful introduction to the work

Here are a few examples:

20th Century Concertante works – with Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra

Early 18th Century Solo works – filmed on the ‘Pierre Rode’ Stradivari in 2023

Mozart Piano/Violin Sonatas with Daniel-Ben Pienaar


Collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum, New York City

Collaborating Composers 

Podcasts – from the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC


20th Century Solo Works – Hans Werner Henze in Baltimore

Talks – Collaboration with Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Post concert discussion. Full Circle, Brussels 9 6 22 Photo Malene Skaerved

Performance in Baltimore October 2022

Filming on the Grancino VIoletta in the Musical Instruments Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum 26 10 22 (Photo Bradley Strauchen-Scherer)

Peter Sheppard Skaerved playing the ‘Pierre Rode’ Stradivari, Ashmolean Museum Oxfor 27 1 2023