About us

Rediscovering Baroque Music

We are a chamber music ensemble specialized in the recovery of the European instrumental repertoire of the early 18th century. Our work is fueled by our curious spirit and the constant search for a historically informed performance. We seek to give life to completely unknown works and rediscover the forgotten musical language of the Baroque. It is a language that breaks with the established music tradition, a language that gives a new life to each musical act. An ever-changing speech, new, fresh but that emerges from a deep understanding of our past and that connects the audience with a different way of understanding music. It is rhetorical music, rooted on the art of convincing the listener; that moves his feelings, that teaches, moves, and delights.

Scaramuccia was founded on the initiative of violinist and musicologist Javier Lupiáñez and 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”, released in 2018 is the first of these CD. It has been acclaimed by reviewers all over Europe, and has been nominated to the ICMA awards 2019. It was released with their own recording label: Snakewood Editions.



Javier Lupiáñez

Violin and direction

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the firmly eloquent violin of Javier Lupiáñez” GRAMOPHONE, March 2012

“Francisco Javier Lupiáñez possède un jeu diabolique, quelque part entre Paganini et Méphistophélès. Son archet déploie tous les motifs de la séduction: rubatos enjôleurs, glissandos imperceptibles, rythmes ensorceleurs… Ces audaces esthétiques s’appuient sur une technique impeccable” Pierre-Carl Langlais, Qbuz

le violon virtuose et goûteux de Francisco Javier Lupiañez, ODB-Opéra

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.

Javier has a baroque violin, Verbeek, made in 1682, on loan from the collection of The Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation. (http://www.muziekinstrumentenfonds.nl)



Inés Salinas

Violoncello and viola da gamba

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Inés is a musician specialized in the historical performance of the cello and the viola da gamba. She is based in The Hague (NL) and is a founder member of the chamber music ensembles Scaramuccia, Duo Graziani, and La Máquina del Tiempo, which whom she performs throughout Europe. Next to it, she is an active freelance orchestra musician, manager of Scaramuccia, co-founder of the recording label and publishing house Snakewood Editions, and a private cello teacher.

Born in 1985 in Zaragoza (Spain), 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, Ayros, and Snakewood Editions. In 2016 her ensemble, Scaramuccia, was awarded the Audience Prize at the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik  2015/2016 competition. “1717. Memories of a Journey to Italy”, the second album of this ensemble, has been nominated to the ICMA awards 2019.



Patrícia Vintém


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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 Vintem&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.



5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  Brian Clark, Early Music Review

5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Discos Recomendados” Ángel Villagrasa, Melómano

“Fascinating CD”… “They are technically outstanding and balanced with rare sensitivity” Brian Robins, Early Music Review

“The performances are consistently persuasive and full of flair and sensitivity.”
Jonathan Woolf , Musicweb

“This disc is not just one of many. This is a major addition to the Vivaldi discography.” […] This disc is a model of sincere and intelligent music-making.” Johan van Veen. Musica Dei donum

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Our concert programs are very carefully prepared in many ways: musically, historically and rhetorically.

The presentation of the pieces and the interaction with the audience are crucial for us; we would like the listener to listen actively, to become a part of the music itself. We understand the performance as a journey through emotions, giving it unity from the first to the last note.

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The aim of Scaramuccia is to rediscover unknown and great music from the past. We are doing an intensive research and planning new and exciting projects that will need financial support. You can be part of all these adventures making a contribution. No matter how big or small it is, it will be greatly appreciated!

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Our Label and Publishing House: Snakewood Editions