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Grammy-nominated violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved is the only living violinist to have performed on the violins of Niccolo Paganini, Joseph Joachim and G B Viotti. He is the dedicatee of over 400 works for solo violin. His collaboration with composers began in his late teens, working with the great Hans Werner Henze.. Peter’s pioneering work on music for violin alone has resulted in research, performances and recordings of cycles by Tartini, Telemann, Bach, de Bériot, and, most recently, his project, ‘Preludes and Vollenteries’, which brings together 200 unknown works from the 17th Century, from composers including Colombi, Matteis, Marini and Lonati, with the Wren and Hawksmoor Churches in London’s Square Mile, and is now travelling to Austria and the USA.
His work with museums has resulted in long term projects at institutions including the Metropolitan Museum, New York City, the Victoria& Albert Museum, the British Museum, Galeria Rufino Tamayo Mexico City, and the exhibition ‘Only Connect’, which he curated at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Most recently his ‘Tegner’ commissioned by the Bergen International Festival, is a close collaboration with the great Norwegian abstract artist, Jan Groth, resulting in a set of solo Caprices, premiering at Kunsthallen Bergen, and travelling to galleries in Denmark, the USA and even Svalbard/Spitzbergen.
As a writer, Peter has published a monograph on the Victorian artist/musician John Orlando Parry, many articles in journals worldwide, and most recently, ‘Practice: Walk’, part of the Camberwell Press ‘Walking Cities: London’ series. Peter is the founder and leader of the Kreutzer Quartet and the artistic director of the ensemble Longbow. He is the Viotti Lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music and was elected Fellow there in 2013. He is married to the Danish writer Malene Skærved and they live in Wapping.
For more information, recordings, films and articles by and about Peter Sheppard Skærved, go to:- www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com
Colin Gough is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Birmingham, England, where headed the UK’s largest interdisciplinary research group on superconductivity.
An avid amateur violinist, Gough led the University’s Hayward String Quartet and many other local chamber and orchestral groups. He has enjoyed a long-term interest in violin acoustics, and in the factors determining sound quality.
In addition to teaching Musical Acoustics, he has published major research articles on vibrating strings, the wolf note, and vibrato, from both the scientific and player/listener’s points of view. In 2001, Gough received the annual Science Writing Award for Professionals in Acoustics for an article about violin acoustics. He wrote the Acoustics section of a major Handbook on Acoustics published by Springer, and has recently published several important papers describing and explaining the vibrations and sounds of the violin and related instruments.
After completing his violin making studies in Newark in 2004, Arnaud set up his own shop in Montpellier, France, concentrating on viol making and starting his own research on original set-up of bowed instruments. This period saw a lot of experiments particularly in the making process of viols and violins, gut-string making and original set-up.
After 4 years spent in Montpellier, Arnaud moved to Paris where he had a shop in the Belleville neighbourhood. He spent 3 busy years making bridges and doing a lots of set-ups, extending his knowledge in that field and experimenting with original bridge designs.
After that, he spent 3 years in Château-Thierry, in the middle of the Champagne wine yards, those 3 years were filled with making projects including a project with the ensemble l’Achéron (Viol Consort).
Since 2016 Arnaud has settled in Bristol (UK) where he dedicates his time between family life and the making of new instruments. Www.arnaudgiral,com