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Christina Pluhar
Theorbo & direction

Chrisistina Pluhar
After studying guitar in her home city of Graz, she graduated in lute with Toyohiko Sato at the Hague Conservatoire. She was awarded with 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.
In 1992 she won the 1st Prize in the International Old Music Competition of Malmö with the ensemble La Fenice.

She lives in Paris since 1992, where she performs 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. Her repertoire includes solo and continuo works from the 16th to 18th centuries for Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, archlute, theorbo and Baroque harp.


Christina Pluhar moved to Paris in 1992 and began performing regularly with various ensembles and baroque orchestras in Europe. From 1993, she conducted master classes at Graz University, and from 1999 has served as professor of Baroque harp at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Throughout the 1990s Pluhar steadily built her performance career and in 2000 founded L’Arpeggiata. Based in Paris, the ensemble, consisting of about ten members, performs on original instruments, despite its jazz and folk additions.

Pluhar chose some of the finest artists in Europe as members. She led L’Arpeggiata virtually to overnight success with its first CD, La Villanella (a collection of Giovanni Kapsberger vocal works), issued to great acclaim the year it was founded.
From 2007, Pluhar has led L’Arpeggiata in joint concerts with such ensembles as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The King’s Singers or the Corsican vocal ensemble Barbara Furtuna. Concerts in Sydney that year and a return appearance in 2010 were highly praised affairs. Among Pluhar’s more acclaimed recordings are the albums La Tarantella, All’Improvviso (with Gianluigi Trovesi), Los Impossibles (with the King’s Singers), as well as the Virgin Classics CDs Teatro d’amore (with Philippe Jaroussky and Nuria Rial), Via Crucis (with Barbara Furtuna), Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Los Pájaros perdidos (the South American Project) or Mediterraneo (with the Fado Singer Misia).
In 2012, L’Arpeggiata was the first baroque ensemble to be granted an artistic residence at Carnegie Hall.
 

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