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Leading International Violinist, Peter Sheppard Skærved
Sunday, September 11 at 3:00pm

Peter Sheppard Skærved is the only living violinist to have performed on the violins of Niccolò Paganini, Joseph Joachim and G B Viotti. He is the dedicatee of over 400 works for violin, by composers including Hans Werner Henze, Poul Ruders, David Matthews, Judith Weir and George Rochberg. In a rare not-to-be-missed appearance, the highly acclaimed violinist will perform a fascinating program of early and modern music.

This concert will blend Sheppard Skærved's disparate interests of modern compositions with his love of historic violins and early music. He explains, “As an artist my work constantly celebrates the continuum between past and present. This concert celebrates the connections, flows, counterpoints, consonances and dissonances which vibrate, when an ancient violin is played, between the illusions of ‘now' and ‘then'.”

Some of the works to be performed include Biagio Marini's ‘Capriccio', which Sheppard Skærved says creates a dialogue with ‘ Nikosia Caprices', written by Evis Sammoutis. The philosopher/composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau's celebrated hymn to Nature, ‘Air on Three Notes', Heinrich Biber's ‘Mystery Sonata 16', which is an epochal walking piece, depicting fragile humanity strolling hand in hand with an angel, and ‘Slivers', a piece made from the ‘slivers' of a Mozart violin sonata by Paul Pellay, are also included, along with several others.

Sheppard Skærved is in the midst of creating a series of albums featuring baroque works played on many of the world's most valuable, historic and revered instruments. The series, which may reach as high as ten volumes, is being produced by the Divine Art Recordings Group, headquartered here at Compass. Sheppard Skærved is a prolific recording artist, having released over 60 other critically acclaimed recordings – both as soloist and with the Kreutzer Quartet and the ensemble Longbow – many of them for labels of the Divine Art Recordings Group. These include cycles of sonatas by Tartini, Telemann and Beethoven, and many of the works which have been written for him, resulting in a Grammy nomination and awards from BBC Music Magazine.

He is the only musician to have curated an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London and has made projects for the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and galleries worldwide. Later this year, he will be launching a new series of concerts and talks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 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. For recordings, films, writing and more info, go to

Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by calling 802-247-4295 or via email.



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