artist in residence 2016 das Ensemble L'Arpeggiata

In three concerts, at three locations, with three different programs, Christina Pluhar surveys the world with her top-tier ensemble,L’Arpeggiata, as the 2016 artist-in-residence. Mediterranean realms, worlds of love and anguish, and the boundless cooperation of various sonic environments await the audience in these atmospherically unique, virtuosic, and exciting interpretations.

The ensemble L’Arpeggiata, which has won numerous international prizes, was founded in 2000 by the Austrian lutenist and harpist, now living in France, Christina Pluhar. Since then, the outstanding musicians have inspired listeners as well as the press through their unconventional and rousing performances and recordings, often in collaboration with soloists of various musical backgrounds. Named after an eponymous toccata by Giovanni GirolamoKapsberger, L’Argeggiata has specialized in music of the 17th and 18th centuries. In this ensemble, exuberant delight of playing, enjoyment in improvising, and openness to experimentation are combined withthe thorough musical craft of historical performance practice.
Since their founding, the ensemble regularly performs at the best-known festivals and in the most prestigious concerts halls in the world. L’Arpeggiata has performed in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Tonhalle Zürich, the AlteOper Frankfurt, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Opéra de Bordeaux, the Philharmonie Köln, the Sydney City Recital Hall, inThéâtre des Champs Elysees,as well as at the Festival in Saint-Denis, the Utrecht Oude Muziek, Festival d’Ambronay, Hong Kong Arts Festival, at theRuhrtriennaleand in theLudwigsburgerSchlossfestspielen. They have taken tours throughout Australia, South America, Asia, and the USA. In 2012, L’Arpeggiata was artist-in-residence at Carnegie Hall in New York, and in 2014 at Wigmore Hall in London. In 2016, Christine Pluhar and her ensemble are artists-in-residence at the Heinrich Schütz Festival.
The discography of L’Argeggiata impresses critics and audiences alike. The ensemble was recognized in 2009, 2010, and 2011 with an Echo-classic-prize. In 2009 it received the Edison Prize in the Netherlands, in 2008 the VSCD Musiekprijs. In 2014, a CD with the title “Music for a While – Improvisations on Purcell” was released, and in 2015, on the occasion of the 15-year anniversary of the ensemble, came the CD “Francesco Cavalli – L’amoreinnamorato“.

Christina Pluhar | Foto: Eric Larrayadieu
Christina Pluhar | Foto: Eric Larrayadieu

Christina Pluhar is viewed as one being of the most innovative musicians on the early-music scene. Born in Graz, she discovered, after having studied classical guitar, a love of renaissance and baroque music. She began studying the lute with Toyohiko Satoh at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. She received a soloist diploma there in 1989 for the lute and continued her training with Hopkinson Smith at the ScholaCantorumBasiliensis, where received a diploma in 1992 in early-music studies. She studied baroque harp with Mara Galassi at the ScuoloCivica di Milano. Her musical development was further imprinted by visits to master-classes from Paul O’Dette, Jesper Christensen and Andrew-Lawrence King. She has lived is Paris since 1992 as a freelance musician. As a soloist and sought-after continuo player, she worked with many chamber music ensembles and leading baroque orchestras such as La Fenice, Hesperion XXI, Il GiardinoArmonico, Accordone, Les musiciens du Louvre among others, and as the accompanist of Andreas Scholl, Marco Beasley and Dominique Visse was heard in all European festivals. In 2000, she founded her own Ensemble L’Arpeggiata; since 1999 she teaches a class of baroque harp at the KöniglichenKonservatorium in Den Haag.

Since 2010, the HEINRICH SCHÜTZ MUSIKFEST invites an artist-in-residence that plays substantive concerts in all of the three main concerts venues, and addresses in their programming the main thematic focus of the festival in an extraordinary way. In 2010, La Chapelle established this series of special festival artists, followed by the BatzdorferHofkapelle, the Dresdner Kammerchor, the Ensemble SetteVoci and Peter Kooij, Ars Nova Copenhagen conducted by Paul Hillier and in the previous year Hermann Max with his ensemble RheinischeKantorei and Das KleineKonzert.

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L’Arpeggiata & Christina Pluhar

Nuria Rial, soprano
Vincenzo Capezzuto, alto
Anna Dego, teatro-danza


The Performances

The concerts of the artists-in-residence can be heard on the following dates:

Opening Concert: MEDITERRANEO

Folk music of the Mediterranean – from Spain to the Balkans – and Early Music Sounds

Gala Concert: TEATRO D’AMORE

Music between the worlds – from Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni FeliceSances, Barbara Strozzi, PandolfoMealli and traditional music as well as improvisations


AntidotumTarantulae – a meeting of baroque music with traditional music from southern Italy.


Friday, October 7th,
20.00 | Gera St. Salvatorkirche

Saturday, October 8th,
20.00 | Weißenfels St. Marienkirche

Sunday, October 9th
19.00 | Dresden Staatsschauspiel Kleines Haus