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After studying guitar in her home city of Graz, CHRISTINA PLUHAR graduated from the Hague Conservatoire, where she studied lute with Toyohiko Sato. She was also 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. In 1992 she won the 1st Prize in the International Old Music Competition of Malmö with the ensemble La Fenice.
She has lived 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 Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, and Concerto Köln, and in ensembles directed by René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, and 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. Since 1993 she has given master classes at Graz University, as well as Baroque harp classes at the Conservatoire of The Hague since 1999.
In 2000 she founded L’Arpeggiata. For ten years Pluhar and her ensemble have been recording CDs such as La Tarantella, All’Improvviso, Los Impossibles, and Teatro d’amore, and playing all over Europe. Pluhar devotes a lot of time to L’Arpeggiata, not only as a conductor and musician on stage, but also building performance programs and doing preliminary research for L’Arpeggiata’s concerts and CDs. In 2010 she celebrated the 10th anniversary of the ensemble with numerous concerts in France and Europe.