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Peter Sheppard Skærved

Friday, 31 January 2014

Learning from contemporaries and the greats of the past provides essential inspiration for the violinist

Stop at nothing in the hunt for inspiration

What would I tell my younger self? Trust your collaborators; trust your explorations. The daily process of learning from the extraordinary teams I have around me, as well as the composers (young and old) who fill my life, has given me a window into the player–composer dialogues of the past. Without them I would have nothing.

As an example, I am currently building a project inspired by Ole Bull and his circle. Yesterday I found a solo piece written for Bull by Franz Clement (famous for his extraordinary work with Beethoven). As I sit working on this piece, I feel as though I have a small part to play in that link. It may not seem much but it’s inspiring for me. I would remind my younger self to stop at nothing in the hunt for that inspiration.

Photo: Hana Zushi

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