Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata. Photo: Ruhrtriennale2010/Michael Kneffel (detail) View full image

Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata

Refreshing Early Music

Founded in 2000 by lutenist Christina Pluhar, L'Arpeggiata specialises in Italian music from the 17th century, as well as early music from across Europe, creating unique, themed performance projects. Drawing on Pluhar's musicological research and bringing together the finest musicians, these often cross into jazz and world music, featuring improvisation and the distinctive sound of historical plucked stringed instruments.

Recordings and tour projects

Wonder Women (released 3 May 2024)
L'Arpeggiata's new album celebrates the work of female musicians of the 17th century, as well as tragic and comic stories of remarkable women.

Alla Napoletana
Christina Pluhar, L’Arpeggiata and eight guest singers explore the music traditions of Naples, from the 17th to 20th century, including opera, popular songs and dances.

Passacalle de la Follie
Pluhar leads countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and L’Arpeggiata in a programme focusing on the 'air de cour', spiritual and expressive loves songs in fashion at the court of Louis XIII.

Traditional music from the Mediterranean Basin, toured by Maestro Arts to Macau in March 2024.

‘Mediterraneo is a fascinating project designed to embody the notion that “the sea does not separate cultures, it connects them”... Entertaining and educational, it should appeal equally to early-music buffs and world-music fans’

Mediterraneo CD, 2013

The Independent

‘Her Barbican performance was urgent and to the point. With just 10 singers, and an ensemble of 12 players, clarity was everything, the kind of performance that would have been smudged and lost in a cavernous church acoustic. The dryness of the Barbican sound suited it perfectly, so that the technical accomplishment of the instrumentalists and the precision of the singers were easily appreciated’

Monteverdi's Vespers at the Barbican, 2021

The Guardian

‘In 17th-century Naples, the delineation between church, palace and street music was deliciously and dangerously porous. This mix of sacred and secular is wonderfully played out on this set by L’Arpeggiata, which includes seven premiere recordings’

Napoletana CD, 2022