Johann Joseph Vilsmaÿr – ‘Artificiosus Concentus pro Camera

November 24, 2020

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Facing Enlightenment-Blog for British Museum Website

January 15, 2014

Facing Enlightenment II – Peter Sheppard Skaerved LINK TO BLOG 1 On December 13th, I returned to the British Museum for the next stage of my adventure with the wonderful ‘Enlightenment Gallery’project page . A joy of this unique room, is that it is not only an exhibit concerning the histories of ideas, but a […]

Reicha Quartets. Flesh and Bone

January 5, 2014

Reicha Quartets. Flesh and Bone NB-Scroll down to the bottom of the page for listening aspects In many years spent performing and studying the chamber music of Anton Reicha, it has become clear to me, and my colleagues, that his music demands a very particular approach, and, however much this might seem to relate to […]

The String Quartet Now, or From Where I Sit … A Very Personal View

July 29, 2013

The String Quartet Now, or From Where I Sit … A Very Personal View Contemporary Music Review 2013(CMR)Published online-26th July 2013 Link to article I spend my musical life moving back and forth, between being first violin of the Kreutzer Quartet and the more isolated world of a solo violinist. Sitting with my colleagues around […]

Bach and my teachers

November 24, 2012

“Like any violinist, Bach is the private centre of what I do. Despite playing the Sonatas & Partitas from a young age, it was not until my early thirties that I performed the cycle in public. Even today, even though I am someone who just loves to talk about music, I find that on the […]

Malibran-the final concert

June 5, 2012

    Malibran-the final concert     On the 15th September, La Malibran gave her final concert, at the Manchester Festival , singing Beethoven, Mercadante, Rossini, Mozart, and ‘le Songe de Tartini’, with the composer, her new husband Charles de Bériot, duetting with her on the violin. The line up of performers for the concert […]

David Matthews-Works for Solo Violin

March 28, 2012

David Matthews-Works for Solo Violin Peter Sheppard Skærved February 2012   In the winter of 1993, I was preparing a series of Bach concerts for Taiwan and Japan. The rehearsals took place in a dark and cold church in North London. My friend Arajit Chakravarty, who was playing in the group, came up to me […]


October 22, 2011

Revolution LINK to Viotti in Washington The French revolution depended on music, and musicians, to spread its message, like no political movement before.  For hundreds of years, the Church had relied on music for its propagandising; choir schools had trained generations of young singers and instrumentalists. With the early Revolution, the Church and the officer […]

Paganini texts in the Library of Congress Washington/Paganini Project

October 20, 2011

Paganini in Washington. A long term collaboration with the collections of the Library of Congress-Washington Paganini never visited America, although the subject of a tour came up a number of times. Letter from J Watson. New York, 8 November 1835, ‘Invitation to America. “We await the pleasure of seeing you in America where I pray […]

Giovanni Battista Viotti-Suonata

October 20, 2011

Giovanni Battista Viotti-Suonata Suonata: coll’accompagnamento d’un basso per esser ambedue parti suonate par un violino solo Live Performance. Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari ‘Betts’ Library of Congress, Washington DC May 9th 2009 The violinists of the revolutionary generation produced a large number of works for solo violin without basso continuo or chamber accompaniment. They provided the impetus […]