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“Etwas Besseres kann einem Konzertpublikum nicht passieren”

“Nothing better can happen to an audience”

Jens Wortmann, Kulturbüro Göttingen (Germany)

“…their concert at St Mary’s, Maldon, in Essex was wonderful – lively, different and performed with great warmth and charm.”

M.R. (Maldon)

“So vivid, so alive, without restrictions, just joy”

E. (Utrecht)

“What a joy, what a pleasure, you all let the instruments dance”

R. (The Hague)

Little Bio

Scaramuccia was founded in February 2013 on the initiative of violinist Javier Lupiáñez who aims to recover rarely played baroque repertoire.

The spirit of Scaramuccia is to rediscover this cultural heritage, bringing to life music that was heard not only in more refined circles, but also in the taverns and the streets in the baroque period. Deep research and study is done in the preparation of each program and concert in order to rediscover those little gems of music, hidden and lost amongst the vast and most commonly performed baroque music literature.

Scaramuccia started in the Fringe of the Festival in Utrecht 2013 and in the Fringe in the Festival of Bruges 2013, and since then, the ensemble has developed an intense concert schedule in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK. Among other performances, Scaramuccia has played in the Maldon Festival of Arts in Maldon, UK (2014 and 2015), the Museum Vleeshuis in Antwerp, BE (2014), the Kasteelconcerten, NL  (2015), Festival Echi Lontani, IT (2016), Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht – Janine Jansen and Friends, NL (2016), Musica Antica da Camera, NL (2016), Fora do Lugar, PT (2017) and has also recorded for the Dutch radio station, Concertzender.

In their zeal to discover new baroque repertoire, Scaramuccia has performed the world premières of two new Vivaldi pieces in a live concert in the radio program De Musyck Kamer, broadcast on the Dutch radio station Concertzender in 2014.

In November 2015 Scaramuccia recorded their first CD with the label Ayros, featuring new music by Vivaldi and the most recent discoveries of Vivaldi’s music for violin and continuo. In 2018 Scaramuccia has recorded the CD “1717. Memories of a Journey to Italy”, which will be released soon.

Scaramuccia was awarded the Audience Prize in the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik  2015/2016 competition.

About our name

Around 1680, the combative character of Spanish origins from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte, known as Il Capitano, became Scaramuccia (literally “little skirmisher” in Italian).

Scaramuccia exchanged the sword for the guitar, and instead of violence, he used his wits to get out of trouble.

In addition, Scaramuccia is a piece for violin and continuo by Nicola Matteis. It was one of the pieces that this group played in our very first rehearsal. It was at this moment that we realized we could have a lot of fun playing together!

Scaramuccia by Matteis from Ayrs For the Violin, Book I, ca. 1676