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Peter Sheppard Skaerved: the virtuoso violin down the ages
Tue 2 May 2017, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
In 2016 the renowned concert violinst Peter Sheppard Skaerved came to Moretonhampstead to play the premiere of 'Il Ritorno', a work for solo violin by the American composer, Michael Alec Rose. His performance was dramatic, electrifying - absolutely stunning. Thus we had to ask Peter if he would return to play again for us, in a special Music in Moretonhampstead candlelit concert.
Peter is a soloist astonishing sensitivity who plays with tremendous panache. He has performed in over thirty countries and has recorded music by such diverse characters as Tartini, Beethoven and Telemann, as well as dozens of contemporary composers. He is the founder of the Kreutzer Quartet and the Munich-based Ensemble Triolog. He has won awards from the BBC Music Magazine, been nominated for both a gramophone award and a GRAMMY, and has been invited to play Paganini's own cherished instrument, 'Il Cannone', more often than any other British violinist. More than two hundred works for solo violin have been dedicated to him.
In this concert he will trace the history of the virtuoso performance, employing historic instruments (the oldest, by the great Cremonese maker, Girolamo Amati, dated 1629). The programme will include music by Bach, Torelli, Tartini, Bassano, Paganini, Stravinsky and composers of our own time. In a candlelit fifteenth-century building, which retains its superb acoustic qualities, this promises to be an extraordinary and memorable musical experience.