Christina Pluhar

Austrianuthist, theorbist, guitarist and harpist (1965, Graz, Austria -)

Baroque music specialist, Christina Pluhar is an eminent musician of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries’ music for lute, guitar, archiluth, theorbo and baroque harp.

After studying classical guitar in her hometown, Graz (Austria), Christina Pluhar discovered baroque music, for which she developed a real passion. She began learning the lute and theorbo, which she perfected at The Hague Royal Conservatory and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, notably alongside Hopkinson Smith.

She moved to Milan, where she took a shine to Baroque harp. She started studying with Mara Galassi and then in masterclasses with Andrew Lawrence King and Jesper Christensen. Permanently settled in Paris since 1992, Christina Pluhar first appeared as a soloist in festivals and theatres before founding her own ensemble, L'Arpeggiata, in 2000, with which she explores vocal and instrumental repertoire from the first baroque period.

Christina Pluhar has collaborated with many ensembles such as La Fenice, Hesperion XXI, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Ricercar Consort and is regularly solicited as a continuoist by conductors René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton and Gabriel Garrido. At the same time, Christina Pluhar teaches baroque harp at the Graz Conservatory (Austria).

Six landmark dates in the life of Christina Pluhar:

1992: First prize at the Malmö International Early Music Competition with the ensemble La Fenice.
2000: Founded the ensemble L'Arpeggiata.
2001: Became Ivor Bolton's assistant at the Munich Staatsoper.
2005: Guest conductor of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
2007: Guest conductor of the European Baroque Orchestra.
2010: Philippe Claudel chose several pieces from the album "La Tarantella", recorded with L'Arpeggiata, to illustrate his movie Tous les soleil.

Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation, February 2013