While Christina Pluhar established a highly successful career as a multi-faceted instrumentalist in early music and Baroque repertory, she has come to be identified in the 21st century as the founder and music director of the ensemble L’Arpeggiata. Not surprisingly, Pluhar leads this group in similar repertory, but with a focus on Italian music from the 17th century. Pluhar has mastered several different though similar instruments: Baroque guitar, Renaissance lute, archlute, theorbo, and Baroque harp. She has appeared in performance playing them, both as soloist and continuo player, throughout Europe, the U.K., and Australia and with many famous early music ensembles such as and has appeared both as soloist and with L’Arpeggiata on numerous recordings for such labels as Alpha Productions, EMI, and Naïve.
Christina Pluhar was born in Graz, Austria. She studied lute at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. Further studies with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, and Mara Galassi at the Scuola Civica di Milano. In 1992 she moved to Paris 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.
In 2000 she founded her own ensemble L’Arpeggiata. Pluhar chose some of the finest artists in Europe as members and led L’Arpeggiata virtually to overnight success with its first CDs issued to great acclaim the year it was founded.
She 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), Teatro d’amore (with Philippe Jaroussky), Via Crucis (with Barbara Furtuna), Los Pájaros perdidos, Mediterraneo, Music for a while – Improvisations on Henry Purcell (with Philippe Jaroussky), and Händel goes wild (with Valer Sabadus).