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Founded in 2000, L’Arpeggiata is a French ensemble directed by Christina Pluhar. Its members are some of today’s best European soloists and in addition they work in collaboration with some exceptional singers from the Baroque and the traditional music worlds. Their aim is to revive an almost unknown repertoire and to focus their artistic work especially on French, Italian and Neapolitan music from the beginning of the 17th century.
The bases of L’Arpeggiata are instrumental improvisations, a different approach to singing centred on the development of vocal interpretation influenced by traditional music, and the creation and staging of attractive shows.
Since its foundation L’Arpeggiata has had an incredible response from the audience as well as from the critics: They have sold over 100,000 copies of their CDs with Alpha Recordings and have received outstanding reviews for their albums and concerts. Their album ‘La Villanella’ dedicated to the music of Girolamo Kapsberger has been considered ‘Event of the month’ by Repertoire des disques in September 2001 and has been awarded with the Premio Internationale del disco per la musica italiana. Their second CD ‘Homo fugit velut umbra’ devoted to Stefano Landi was ’10 de Repertoire’, ‘Diapason Découverte’, ‘CD of the Week’ by BBC, ‘CD of the Month’ by Amadeus (Italy) and Prix Exellentia by Pizzicato (Luxemburg). ’La Tarantella’, which proposes an encounter between baroque and traditional musicians, has been ’10 de Repertoire’, ‘CD of the Week’ by France Musique and ‘CD of the Month’ by Toccata (Germany). « All’Improvviso » their third disc, was rewarded with « Timbre de platine » of Opéra international, CD of the month by BBC Magazine, and their last CD , the « Rapressentatione di Anima et di Corpo » by Emilio de’ Cavalieri has won the prize of the academie « Charles Cros ».
Furthermore, L’Arpeggiata has participated in the biggest French festivals and in Lufthansa Festival -London, Oude Muziek -Utrecht, Festival de Pontoise, Printemps des Arts de Nantes, Les Baroquiales, Rencontres de Vezelay, Festival Musique Sacree de Fribourg, Klangbogen Vienna, Pfigstfestspiele Melk, Sommerklang Freiburg, Academie Bach Arques-La-Bataille, Emociana Antigua -Madrid, Segni Barocci –Foligno, Flagey à Bruxelles, Festival de St Michel-en-Thierache, Festival de Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Brugge Musica Antica, among others.
In 2006, Arpeggiata performs more than 50 concerts in the most prestigious venues in Europe and out of Europe : London, Geneve, Tel Aviv, Austria, Belgium , with several programs, one of them around Monteverdi (Il Ballo delle Ingrate) and around the “espressione amorosa” , the other around the traditional Mediterranean music and the music improvisation with jazz accents, or yet, around unknown and magnificent composers as Luigi Rossi and others authors of the rich music world of the Italy of XVII century.
Arpeggiata begins a collaboration with the cd house Naïve, international label , with a serie of recordings to be published in 2006 (october : album “Los Impossibles”), 2007 (Monteverdi and Rossi), and 2008.
L’Arpeggiata is supported by the Ministry of Cultre, Drac Ile de Frane and from The Fondation France Telecom.

Christina Pluhar

Christina Pluhar
After studying guitar in her home city of Graz, she graduated in lute with Toyohiko Sato at the Hague Conservatoire. She was awarded the 'Diplôme Supérieur de Perfectionnement' at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Hopkinson Smith. Then she studied with Mara Galassi at the Scuola Civica di Milano.
From 1992 she has lived in Paris, where she performs regularly as a soloist and continuo player in prestigious festivals with famous groups such as La Fenice, Concerto Soave, Accordone, Elyma, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Ricercar, Akademia, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Concerto Köln, ...and in ensembles directed by René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, Alessandro di Marchi.
In 1992 she won the 1st Prize in the International Old Music Competition of Malmö with the ensemble La Fenice. She founded the Arpeggiata ensemble with which she has made a series of CDs for the Alpha company.
From 1993 she has given master classes at Graz University, as well as teaching baroque harp at the Conservatoire of the Hague since 1999. Her repertoire includes solo and continuo works from the 16th to 18th centuries for Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, archlute, theorbo an Baroque harp.

Lucilla Galeazzi

Lucilla Galeazzi

Lucilla Galeazzi comes from Umbria with a classic voice; controlled, refined and yet so full of spirit it absolutely explodes. While studying at the university in Rome she started to approach th umbrian folk music. 1977 she joins Giovanna Marini’s vocal quartet and collaborates until 1994 in numerous concerts and discs. 1982 she creates her own show dedicates to Italian songs of the sixties « Un sogno cosi ». She takes part in shows by Roberto de Simone : « Stabat mater » for the Naples Opera, « Carmina Vivvisea » (1988), « Processo e martirio du Giovanni d’arco » (1989) for Pisa Opera, « « Requiem for P.P. Pasolini for the San Carlo Theater.
1987 she founds her group « Il Trillo » with A. Sparagna and C. Rizzo.
She has had numerous meetings with contemporary music as well as jazz, such as musicians from ARFI in Lyon, the jazz-trombone player G. Schiaffi in hir work « Tautovox », with the bassist P. Damiani, with the guitarist . Bathelemy in the show « La gomme », with the jazz-tuba player Michel Godard and the cellist V : Courtois she creates the « Trio rouge ».
1991 she was soloist for the European Jazz orchestra in Strasbourg, 1994 she records her disc « Cuore di terra », 2001 her disc « Lunario ». She also gives masterclasses in France and Italy.

Anna Diego

Anna Diego


Gianluigi Trovesi

Born in 1944 at Nembro near Bergamo in Northern Italy, Gianluigi Trovesi studied harmony and counterpoint and gained his diploma in clarinet in 1966. He quickly established himself as an outstanding soloist and is considered the leading exponent of Italian jazz today. He has taught clarinet and saxophone at the conservatories of Milan (1978), Stockholm (1979) and Brescia (1983-86). He continued to teach privately and joined the teaching staff of the Siena National Jazz Seminars. Over the years, Trovesi was awarded many prizes including the RAI RadioUno Jazz Prize in 1983. In 1978 he won the RAI TV National Competition for Saxophone and Clarinet and was awarded the Critics' National Prize for his first LP, "Baghet." He was honored by Italy's leading jazz magazine "Musica Jazz" with awards for Best Italian Musician (1988, 1992), Best Italian Disc (Dances, 1985; From G To G, 1992; Les Hommes Armés, 1996) and Best Italian Group (1992, 1996). 

Trovesi has played in practically every genre of music from dance bands to classical music and jazz. He worked with a wide variety of important musicians like Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Steve Lacy, Albert Mangelsdorff, Misha Mengelberg, Evan Parker, Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, and Kenny Wheeler. In Italy he worked with such as Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, and Paolo Damiani (with whom he co-led the band Roccellanea). From 1979 to 1993 he held the chair of 1st alto saxophone in the RAI TV Big Band in Milan. From 1977 to 1982 Trovesi was a member of the Giorgio Gaslini Quintet, at that time the most innovative Italian jazz ensemble that recorded several LPs. In 1977 Trovesi also started his own trio exploring the crossover between Italian folk music and jazz improvisation. From 1984 to 1992 he toured his own solo project "Les Boites a Musique", a live performance using pre-recorded tapes and electronic processing.

His octet has established Trovesi as a leader and composer capable of creating music that infuses jazz with reminiscences of European classical and various ethnic musics. Since its foundation in 1991 the Octet has appeared in many major cities and festivals in Europe and Canada. Its recordings "From G To G" (1992) and "Les Hommes Armés" (1996) received highest critical praise. Also in 1991 Trovesi joined the Italian Instabile Orchestra which played four continents and presents presents its third CD on ENJA in 2000 ("Litania Sibilante", ENJ-9405 2). Trovesi's current activities also include his new Nonet ("Round About A Midsummer's Dream", ENJ-9384 2), the duo "Radici" with Gianni Coscia and a trio with R. Tesi and P. Vaillant.

Nuria Rial – soprano

Nuria Rial's musical education began in Catalonia (where she received the Honour Prize in singing) and the continued her studies at the Music Academy in Basel with Kurt Widmer, being awarded the advanced Diploma in singing. 

During this time, she received prizes from the Helvetia Patria Jeunesse foundation and from the Pro Europa- European Foundation for Culture.


She has appeared as a soloist with a number of the leading ensembles and orchestras in Europe, including Il Giardino Armonico, Simphonieorchester Basel, Kammerorchester Basel, Orchester des Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Concerto Köln, Camerata Köln, OrpheoBarockorchester, Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Al Ayre Español, Seville Baroque Orchestra, Les Cornets Noirs, La Fenice, Arpeggiata, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Les Musiciens du Louvre, among others.

She has been conducted by Rene Jacobs, Giovanni Antonini, Paul Goodwin, Pierre Cao, Howard Griffiths,Thomas Hengelbrock, Salvador Mas and Antoni Ros-Marbà.

As well concerts in major festivals across Europe, performances have taken her as far afield as Bolivia, Mexico, Cuba and Israel.


Her work in the field of opera has lead to productions at some of the leading Opera-Houses in Europe, including La Monnaie (Brussels), Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Theatre des Champes Elisees in Paris and recently the role of Pamina in Mozart's Magic Flute the theatre Carlo Felice in Genoa.


In her discography is important to mention the two CD’s that she has made with the Glossa Label, the first one with the ensemble Orphénica Lyra conducted by the guitar player Jose Miguel Moreno, and a second one (Claros y frescos rios), also with the same musician, which recived excellent review in several important music periodicals, including five stars in Goldberg Magazine.

She has also recorded for Harmonia Mundi France, Alpha, OEHMS Classics, Mirare, Alpha, the radio stations of Radio France, ORF Radio Ö1, Swiss Radio DRS2, the Italian RAI, Radio Nacional de España, Catalunya Musica, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and the TV channels of ARTE and MEZZO.

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