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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


web2Francisco 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 can be found 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 (Spain), the European Baroque Academy of Ambronay (France), and Academia Montis Regalis (Italy). 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, Il Giardino Musicale, Collegium Musicum Den Haag or Concert Royal, Köln, among others.

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, Les Esprits Animaux won the 1st prize, the Young Audience prize, the Press prize and the Concert Season prize of the International van Wassenair Competion 2016. 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 and won in 2016 the Audience Award in the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik  2015/2016 competition.

Javier is developing his work in chamber music, playing with several ensembles around the world. He performed in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Lithuania, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Belgium, The Netherlands… well almost in all Europe and in Japan and United States, and he has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Ayros, France Musique, Musiqu3, Concertzender and Radio Klara.

Javier plays a baroque violin, made in 1682 in Amsterdam by Gijsbert Verbeek, on loan from the collection of The Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.

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.