PETER SHEPPARD SKAERVED is the dedicatee of well over 200 works for solo violin, by composers such as George Rochberg, Judith Weir, Michael Finnissy, and Hans Werner Henze. He regularly appears as soloists in over 30 countries. His discography is extensive, ranging from cycles of sonatas by Beethoven and Telemann, the complete quartets of David Matthews, Michael Tippett, and cycles of concerti from Haydn to Henze.
He has won awards from the BBC Music Magazine, been nominated for a Gramophone Award, as well as a GRAMMY for a concerto recording in 2007. He records for NMC, Chandos, Naxos, Metier and Toccata. Director of an acclaimed series of concerts at Wiltons Music Hall in London, Peter Sheppard Skærved is the founder and leader of the Kreutzer Quartet and the Munich-based Ensemble Triolog. He regularly appears as director and soloist with ensembles such as the Zagreb Soloists and Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen.
Peter Sheppard Skærved is the only British violinist to have been invited to play on Paganini’s violin il Cannone more than once (five times in particular) and he regularly gives recitals on the prestigious collection of historic instruments at the Library of Congress, Washington. He is also acclaimed for his collaborative work with museums, working regularly with the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum and worldwide. He plays on a 1698 Stradivari owned by Joseph Joachim from the collections of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is the Fellow of Performance Studies.
Find out more information on the artists website at: www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com
The artist was in Cyprus from 26 June – 1 July, researching various spaces for public interventions and giving short concerts at various locations in Nicosia, near the border dividing Nicosia, inside busy malls, museums and coffee shops among others. See below for photos and videos from the artist’s visit!
Video No 1. Peter Sheppard Skaerved – ‘ben vos posc ver dir’/(Tibors d’Orange e de Baux) ca. 1160
Video No 2. Peter Sheppard Skaerved- ‘voil qe’m digaz cals mais vos plaz’/(Lombarda of Toulouse ca. 1200) or: The fowls of Lusignan (St Poulain/Buyuk Hamam)
Video No 3. Peter Sheppard Skaerved – ‘Ar em al freg temps vengut’/Text by Azailais de Porcairages (Born 1140)
Video No 4. Peter Sheppard Skaerved plays Evis Sammoutis at the Shoe Factory, Nicosia 27 6 17
Video No 5. Peter Sheppard Skaerved plays Evis Sammoutis – Nicosia Etude 1 at Mulla Bastion — At the foot of the wall…
Video No 6. Peter Sheppard Skaerved plays Evis Sammoutis – Nicosia Etude 2 at Shoe Factory, Nicosia
Video No 7. Peter Sheppard Skaerved plays Evis Sammoutis – Nicosia Etude 1 at Building Centre, London
Video No 8. Peter Sheppard Skaerved plays Evis’s Sammoutis Etudes in the 12th Century church of St John the Baptist, Aldbury. UK. Below is a recording of No 2 paired with a sculpture with the 1960s British sculptor, John Hoskin.
Peter also mentioned: I found inspiration in the extraordinary 14th Century church of Etchingham, Sussex, both in its architecture and carving and the ancient Yew trees, which surround it, older than the 700 year old church