Founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata ensemble is comprised
of some of today's best soloists and collaborates with exceptional singers from the Baroque
music world. Its aim is to revive lesser-known repertoire from this era, with a special
focus on music from the beginning of the 17th century. The ensemble's performances are
largely based on instrumental improvisations.
Since its founding, L'Arpeggiata has received outstanding reviews for its albums and
performances. Its albums La Villanella, Homo fugit velut umbra, La
Tarantella, Teatro d'amore, All'Improvviso,
Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo, and Los Impossibles have earned a
string of accolades and awards, among them Diapason Découverte, and ECHO Klassik and Edison
Classical Music awards. The CD Via Crucis, recorded with the Barbara Furtuna vocal
ensemble, came out in March 2010. L'Arpeggiata's Monteverdi CD Vespro della Beate
Vergine was released in February 2011.
L'Arpeggiata has participated in many festivals, such as in Lufthansa Festival of Baroque
Music in London, Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Printemps des arts de Nantes, Festival de l'Abbaye
de Saint-Michel en Thiérache, Festival Baroque de Sablé, Bruges Festival Musica Antiqua,
Philharmonie Köln, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci,
Händel-Festspiele Halle, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Ruhrtriennale, Istanbul
International Music Festival, and Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director and Theorbo
Doron Sherwin, Cornetto
Veronika Skuplik, Baroque Violin
Margit Übellacker, Psaltery
Marcello Vitale, Chitarra Battente and Baroque Guitar
Boris Schmidt, Bass
David Mayoral, Percussion
After studying guitar in her home city of Graz, Austria, Christina Pluhar specialized in
lute with Toyohiko Sato at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She earned a diploma from
the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she studied with Hopkinson Smith. She then studied
with Mara Galassi at the Scuola Civica di Milano. In 1992, Ms. Pluhar won first prize in
the International Old Music Competition of Malmö with the La Fenice ensemble.
Ms. Pluhar lives in Paris, where she performs as a soloist and continuo player in
festivals with reputable ensembles such as La Fenice, Concerto Soave, Accordone, Elyma, Les
Musiciens du Louvre, Ricercar, Akademia, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, and
Concerto Köln. She has also performed in ensembles directed by René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton,
and Alessandro de Marchi. Her repertoire includes solo and continuo works from the 16th to
18th centuries for Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, theorbo, and Baroque harp.
Since 1993, Ms. Pluhar has been giving master classes at the University of Graz. She has
also been conducting Baroque harp classes at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague since
In 2000, Ms. Pluhar founded L'Arpeggiata. For 12 years, the ensemble has been recording
CDs and performing throughout Europe. Both a conductor and musician on stage, she also
programs, plans, and completes extensive research in order to produce L'Arpeggiata's
concerts and recordings. In 2010, she celebrated the 10th birthday of the ensemble with
several concerts in France and throughout Europe.