Peter Sheppard Skærved


Peter Sheppard Skærved is the only violinist to have performed on the violins of Viotti, Paganini, Joachim, Kreisler and Ole Bull. His exploration of the relationship between string music and the instruments used to play it has resulted in years of collaboration with luthiers, archetiers, and projects (ranging from performances to films) working with some of the world’s great collections, especially with the Library of Congress, Washington DC, where he has performed on up to 6 violins in one concert!

He is the dedicatee of over 400 works for violin, by composers including Hans Werner Henze, Poul Ruders, David Matthews, Judith Weir and Jörg Widmann. He has made over 60 critically acclaimed recordings, including cycles of sonatas by Tartini and Beethoven, Quartets by Reicha and Tippett, and many of the works written for him, resulting in a Grammy nomination, and awards from the BBC Music Magazine.

Peter is the only musician to have been invited to curate an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and has made and performance projects for the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and galleries worldwide. In the near future, he will be playing all 30 Tartini solo sonatas in residencies in Brussels, Tallinn and Bergen, will complete a residency at the Dover Museum, and will give a lecture recital on Darwin and music in Maine.

He has one of the broadest discographies of any violinist, stretching from pioneering recordings of Michael Haydn concerti, through Beethoven to the first recording of the original version of George Rochberg’s concerto, recorded under the composer’s supervision in Germany and contemporary works by composers such as Elliott Schwartz and Paul Pellay.

Peter is also the leader of the Kreutzer Quartet, violinist of Ensemble Triolog (Munich) and Longbow and the long-term duo partner of pianist Aaron Shorr.

As a writer, he has published on subjects ranging from Victorian painters and violin-making to contemporary quartet writing and Paganini. He is married to the Danish writer and poet, Malene Skærved, and is the Viotti Lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he was elected Fellow in 2013.

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