Founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata is composed of some of
today's finest soloists who work in collaboration with the most exceptional singers from
the Baroque music world. L'Arpeggiata's performances are based on instrumental
improvisation and singing that focuses on vocal interpretation influenced by traditional
Since its founding, L'Arpeggiata has received incredible responses from audiences and
outstanding critical acclaim. Its albums-including La Villanella; Homo fugit
velut umbra; La Tarantella; Teatro d'Amore; All'
Improvviso; Rappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo; Los Impossibles;
Via Crucis; and
Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine
-have earned a string of accolades, among them ECHO Klassik and
Edison Classical Music awards. Los Pájaros Perdidos (2012) is devoted to
traditional and Baroque music from Latin America, and Mediterraneo (2013)
L'Arpeggiata has participated in many festivals around the world, including the London
Festival of Baroque Music, Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Festival Baroque de Pontoise,
Printemps des arts in Nantes, Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay, Festival International de
Musiques Sacrées in Fribourg, Festival de l'Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache, Festival
de Sablé, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, and Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Having established a highly successful
career as a multifaceted instrumentalist in early music and Baroque repertoire, Christina
Pluhar has come to be identified in the 21st century as the founder and music director of
the vocal-instrumental ensemble L'Arpeggiata. Ms. Pluhar leads this group in similar
repertoire, but with a focus on Italian fare and an infusion of jazz and folk elements. A
master of several instruments-including Baroque guitar, Renaissance lute, archlute,
theorbo, and Baroque harp-she has performed both as soloist and continuo player throughout
Europe, the UK, and Australia. She has performed with many famous early-music ensembles and
has been featured with L'Arpeggiata on numerous recordings for such labels as Alpha
Productions, EMI, and Naïve.
Born in Graz, Austria, Ms. Pluhar studied lute at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She
also studied with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland,
and with Mara Galassi at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan. She moved to Paris in 1992
and began performing regularly with various ensembles and Baroque orchestras in Europe.
Since 1993, she has been conducting master classes at Graz University. She has served as
professor of Baroque harp at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague since 1999.
In 2000, Ms. Pluhar founded L'Arpeggiata. Choosing some of the finest artists in Europe as
members, L'Arpeggiata achieved success virtually overnight with its first CD, La
Villanella (a collection of Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger vocal works). Ms. Pluhar has
since led L'Arpeggiata in joint concerts with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The
King's Singers, and Corsican vocal ensemble Barbara Furtuna. Acclaimed recordings include
the albums La Tarantella, All' Improvviso (with Gianluigi Trovesi), and
Los Impossibles (with The King's Singers); as well as the Virgin Classics
recordings Teatro d'Amore (with Philippe Jaroussky and Nuria Rial), Via
Crucis (with Barbara Furtuna), Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata
, Los Pájaros
Perdidos, and Mediterraneo (with fado singer Mísia).
In 2012, L'Arpeggiata was the first Baroque ensemble to be named a Perspectives artist at