Scaramuccia werd in 2013 opgericht op initiatief van violist en musicoloog Javier Lupiáñez met het doel minder bekend barokrepertoire te (her)ontdekken. Het debuut van het ensemble, op festivals in Brugge en Utrecht dat jaar, werd zowel door critici als publiek lovend ontvangen. Sindsdien speelde Scaramuccia op talloze festivals door heel Europa, verzorgde het in 2014 de wereldpremière van twee stukken van Antonio Vivaldi (RV 820 en RV205/2) live tijdens een uitzending op de Concertzender en won het de publieksprijs op de Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik 2015/2016 competition. 


Op dit moment is Scaramuccia volop bezig met “The Cabinet II Project”, een reis naar Dresden in de voetsporen van de grote concertmeester Johann Georg Pisendel en zijn manuscripten die bewaard zijn gebleven in de Schrank II. Het doel van het project is het opnieuw aan het voetlicht brengen van muzikale werken door deze opnieuw live uit te voeren, het uitgeven van bladmuziek en musicologische teksten en het opnemen van CD's. “1717. Memories of a Journey to Italy” is de eerste van deze CD's en wordt op deze avond aan het publiek gepresenteerd. 


- Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
Suonata à Solo fatto per Maestro Pisendel Del Vivaldi (Sonata in G Major, RV 25)
       Allegro - Grave (by Pisendel) – Allegro
- Antonio Montanari
Sonata del Sig.r Ant. Montanari (Sonata in E Minor)
       Largo – [Corrente. Allegro] – [Menuet with variations and Menuet da Capo]
- Johann Georg Pisendel/Antonio Montanari [world premiere]
Solo Violino e Basso (Sonata in E Major)
        Largo – Allegro ma non tanto – Largo – Allegro assai


- Martino Bitti [world premiere]
Suonata a Violino Solo (Sonata in G minor)
       [Adagio] - [Allegro] – Adagio – [Allegro]
- Martino Bitti [world premiere]
Solo a Violino e Basso (Sonata in C Major)
       Allegro – A tempo giusto – Gavotta
- Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
Violin Sonata in D Major RV 816
       Allegro – Allegro – Largo – Allegro


Over het concert (EN):


Dresden. Pisendel

Pisendel was already a member of the Dresden Orchestra in 1712. In 1716 when Prince Elector of Saxony, later known as Augustus III of Poland, began his ritual training trip to Italy, he brought with him a selection of musicians from his orchestra, and Pisendel was among them. Pisendel used this trip to take lessons from the greatest Italian masters and to satisfy his musical curiosity. When he returned to Dresden in September 1717, his luggage was packed with scores and experiences. After that journey Dresden was never the same again; the Italian taste seized composers like Graun and Quantz and the binomial Dresden-Vivaldi was born, making Dresden one of the largest archives of Vivaldi’s music in the world, surpassed only by Turin’s.

Venice. Vivaldi
The Sonata RV 25 by Antonio Lucio Vivaldi is not only a work that demonstrates the originality and quality of one of the greatest composers of the Baroque, but it is also a valuable evidence of the special bond that was formed between the Venetian master and the young Pisendel. It was Vivaldi himself who copied and dedicated the sonata to Pisendel; in his own handwriting he titled: “Suonata à Solo fatto p[er] Ma[estr]: Pisendel Del Vivaldi” (Sonata made for the master Pisendel by Vivaldi). But Vivaldi did not complete the sonata and left room for Pisendel to add a movement of his own creation. Thereby, we find, between the notes written by Vivaldi, a slow movement written in a different hand, that of Pisendel. The musical piece showcases the close relationship that arose between the two virtuosos.

Rome. Montanari
The Sonata in E minor by Antonio Montanari was probably copied in Rome when Pisendel sought the advice of this great violinist and teacher of Vivaldi himself. Antonio Montanari was defined as “virtuossisimo sonator di violino” by the famous Pier Leone Ghezzi, and one of the great composers of the time, Giuseppe Valentini, praised his “merito impareggiale”.
Authenticated in 2005 as a piece by Pisendel, the Sonata in E major is a perfect exponent of the personal Pisendel’s style. It is very rarely performed, due to the relative novelty of the Pisendelian paternity of the piece, and also because of the difficulty of reading the manuscript, which contains lots of annotations and corrections. However, these corrections add interest to the piece as recent studies suggest that they were made by Antonio Montanari, making the composition a perfect example of the musical experiences of Pisendel in Italy.


Florence. Bitti

Martino Bitti is one of these great composers that have been forgotten but whose music really deserves to be rescued and performed due its beauty and quality. It has been very recently when musicology started to unearth Bitti’s work. Especially the recent work A Thematic Catalogue of the Instrumental Music of Martino Bitti (1655/6–1743) by Prof. Michael Talbot has shed light on some new discoveries of Bitti’s music.
Javier Lupiáñez


Scaramuccia was founded in February 2013 on the initiative of violinist and musicologist Javier Lupiáñez with the aim of recovering lesser-known baroque repertoire. Throughout its career, the ensemble has been praised by reviewers and audiences for the liveliness and expressiveness of its performances, its audience engagement, and the originality of its programmes. The deep research behind each programme allows Scaramuccia to have the chance and the pleasure of performing forgotten musical treasures hidden among the standard baroque repertoire.

Scaramuccia debuted at the fringes of Bruges and Utrecht festivals in summer 2013, with a very positive reception by audience and organizers. Since then, the ensemble has established itself in the European Early Music scene as an original proposal. Among other festivals and venues, Scaramuccia has performed in Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht – Janine Jansen and Friends, Kasteelconcerten, and Musica Antica da Camera (The Netherlands), Fora do Lugar (Portugal), Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro de Madrid (Spain), Museum Vleeshuis and Philarmonie de Namur (Belgium), Maldon Festival of Arts (United Kingdom), and Festival Echi Lontani (Italy).

In its zeal to discover new music, Scaramuccia had the privilege of attributing for the first time the RV 820 and the RV 205/2 to Vivaldi and performing both pieces as a world première in an interview and a live concert broadcasted by the programme De Musyck Kamer of the Dutch radio station Concertzender in the summer of 2014. These pieces, together with the latest Vivaldi discoveries for violin and basso continuo, were recorded for Ayros in 2015 on the ensemble’s first album.

Scaramuccia was awarded the Audience Prize in the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik 2015/2016 competition.
Scaramuccia is currently immersed in “The Cabinet II Project”, a journey to Dresden in the footsteps of the great Konzertmeister Johann Georg Pisendel and his manuscripts preserved in the Schranck II. The scope of the project includes the unearthing of musical works, live performances, sheet music and musicological texts publishing, and CD recordings. “1717. Memories of a Journey to Italy” is the first of these CD, and will be released in 2018.

Francisco Javier Lupiáñez Ruiz, violin and direction
Francisco Javier Lupiáñez Ruiz began his studies in his hometown, Melilla, Spain, where he received several prizes in interpretation and composition. After years of study and practice, he received many diplomas, including an Advanced Diploma in Music for the modern violin at the Superior Conservatory of Salamanca with Patricio Gutiérrez, a Master in Musicology at the University of Salamanca, a Degree as a musical education teacher from the University of Granada, and a Bachelor in baroque violin with Enrico Gatti at The Royal Conservatoire of the Hague. In addition, he attended countless masterclasses with too many excellent teachers to list in this text. Francisco has also received his Master’s Degree, with distinction, under the guidance of Enrico Gatti at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where he discovered new pieces by Vivaldi. His results were published in the RISM.

Javier has performed several times as a soloist and as a leader with numerous groups and orchestras, such as the Baroque Orchestra of Salamanca, the European Baroque Academy of Ambronay, and Academia Montis Regalis. He is proud of having shared the stage with artists such as Frans Brüggen, Sigiswald Kuijken, Amandine Beyer, Olivia Centurioni, Enrico Onofri, Enrico Gatti, Peter Van Heyghen, Inés Salinas, and many other wonderful musicians.

He also plays with other ensembles, like New Dutch Academy, Arcade Ensemble, Concerto Barocco, The Eroica Project (playing Beethoven with historical instruments), Orquesta Barroca Conde Duque, and Collegium Musicum Den Haag.

He is a founding member of the ensemble Les Esprits Animaux, where his programming and concert concepts for Les Esprits have earned recognition from critics and the public alike. He is also a founding member and the artistic director of the group, Scaramuccia. Scaramuccia has performed the world premières of two new Vivaldi pieces in a live concert for the radio program De Musyck Kamer, broadcasted on the Dutch radio station Concertzender in 2014.

Javier is developing his work in chamber music, playing with several ensembles around the world. He plays regularly in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and The Netherlands, and has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Ayros, France Musique, Musiqu3, Concertzender and Radio Klara.

His work as a researcher led to the identification of new works by Antonio Vivaldi: Trio sonata RV 820 (the earliest known work by Antonio Vivaldi), violin sonata RV 205/2 and a new violin cadenza. He has given lectures at Conservatorio Superior de Vigo (Spain), Conservatorio Statale di Musica, Cagliari (Italy), Musica Antica Festival (The Netherlands), Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Italy), Symposium “Ex umbra in solem”, Haliciana Schola Cantorum in Lviv (Ukraine). He has been invited as guest author for the RISM online.

His article “Una nuova cadenza vivaldiana in un concerto per violin anonimo” (written in collaboration with Dr. Fabrizzio Ammetto) has been approved to be published in Studi Vivaldiani 2017. In addition he has published the critical edition of music by Vivaldi and other composers for Musedita (Italy), Musica Repartita (The Netherlands) and Snakewood Editions (The Netherlands).
He is PhD student in Universidad de Guanajuato, under the guidance of Dr. Fabrizio Ammetto and researching about the old and forgotten art of improvisation.
Javier has a baroque violin, Verbeek, made in 1682, on loan from the collection of The Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation


Inés Salinas, Violoncello
Born in 1985 in Zaragoza (Spain), Inés is a musician specialized in the historical performance of the cello and the viola da gamba. She is based in Den Haag (NL) and is a founder member of the ensembles Scaramuccia, Duo Graziani, and La Máquina del Tiempo, which whom she regularly performs throughout Europe. Next to it, she is an active freelance musician and a private cello teacher.

Inés holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Royal Conservatory (Den Haag, NL), where she studied under the guidance of Jaap ter Linden and Lucia Swarts (historical cello), and Mieneke van der Velden (viola da gamba). She has received further advice from inspiring musicians such us Gaetano Nasillo, Hidemi Suzuki, Wieland Kuijken, Christophe Coin, Bruno Cocset, Itziar Atutxa, Rainer Zipperling, Balázs Maté, Enrico Gatti, Olivia Centurioni, and Enrico Onofri.

Inés also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in classical cello at CSMA (Zaragoza, SP), studying with Ángel Luis Quintana, Cuarteto Casals, and Cuarteto Quiroga, among others.
She is fond of Italian mid-baroque music, particularly Neapolitan music. She devoted her Master’s research to the Neapolitan cello repertoire at the turn of the eighteenth century, a field which she continues to research, unearthing and performing an amazing repertoire that is not yet widely known and appreciated.

Inés has performed with the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra (UK) in a project conducted by Christophe Rousset, with Orquesta Barroca Conde Duque (SP) conducted by Ángel Sampedro, and with I Giovani della Montis Regalis 2013 (IT) conducted by Olivia Centurioni, Alessandro de Marchi, and Enrico Onofri.

She has performed live for Dutch radio stations Radio 4 and Concertzender, and has recorded for the labels Naïve and Ayros. Her last CD, with her ensemble Scaramuccia, is dedicated to newly discovered Vivaldi works, and was released in July 2016. In the same year the ensemble was also awarded the Audience Prize at the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik 2015/2016 competition.


Patrícia Vintém, harpsichord
Patrícia Vintém, a Portuguese harpsichordist, started her music studies at the age of 7 in her hometown Viana do Castelo.
After concluding, in 2003, the basic degree in violin she proceeded her studies on the harpsichord. In 2009, she graduates in Early Music at the Superior School of Music in Lisbon, with Ana Mafalda Castro. The desire to cross borders and seek more knowledge and experience in the field of early music led her in that same year to The Netherlands, where she concluded in 2013 the Bachelor’s degree with Jacques Ogg and the Master’s with Fabio Bonizzoni on the main subject.
She had the opportunity to share the stage with many artists like Amandine Beyer, Enrico Gatti, Fabio Bonizzoni, Kati Debretzeni and many other admirable musicians.
She performed as soloist and continuo player in several venues in her country, and in the main festivals and concert halls of many other countries such as Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Japan.
Since 2009, she is a founding member of Les Esprits Animaux. The ensemble has been warmly acclaimed by audience and critics. In the beginning of 2011, recorded the first CD dedicated to “Telemann” and in 2013 the second CD entitle “Transfigurations”, both with Ambronay’s Editions, distributed by Harmonia Mundi.
In 2013, together with the violinist Javier Lupiáñez, created the Duo Vintém&Lupiáñez which concerts aim to promote the repertoire for solo harpsichord with the violin accompaniment.
In 2014 became member of Scaramuccia with which she have recently recorded a CD completely dedicated to Vivaldi’s works for violin and continuo.
She had also recorded for radio broadcastings such as France Musique, Radio Klara, Concertzender Nederlands and Musiq3.


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