Peter Sheppard Skærved is known for his pioneering approach to the music of the past and of our own time. He regularly appears as soloist in over 30 countries, and has released over 70 albums, ranging from 17th century solo works to many of 400-plus works dedicated to him, by composers including George Rochberg, Judith Weir, Poul Ruders, David Matthews and Michael Finnissy. He is a Grammy nominee, for his cycle of Henze concerti. This spring he has released five new albums, of Schubert Sonatas with square piano, Edward Cowie solos and quartets, Peter Dickinson sonatas, the Gregory Rose Concerto, and the first recording of the 100-movement Klagenfurt Manuscript (1685). His work with museums has resulted in long-term projects at institutions including the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Metropolitan Museum, New York City, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, Galeria Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, and the exhibition ‘Only Connect’, which he curated at the National Portrait Gallery, London. His ‘Tegner’, commissioned by the Bergen International Festival, a close collaboration with the major Norwegian abstract artist, Jan Groth, premiered at Kunsthallen, Bergen, and travelled to Denmark, the US and even Svalbard/Spitzbergen. He is founder and leader of the acclaimed Kreutzer Quartet. He is the ‘Viotti Lecturer’ at the Royal Academy of Music, he was elected Fellow there in 2013. He is married to the Danish writer Malene Skærved and they live in Wapping.
Spoken language: English