Founded in 2000, L'ARPEGGIATA is a French ensemble directed by Christina Pluhar. Its members are some of today's best European soloists and in addition they work in collaboration with some exceptional singers from the baroque and the traditional music worlds. Their aim is to revive an almost unknown repertoire and to focus their artistic work especially on Italian and Neapolitan music from the beginning of the 17th century.
The music of L'Arpeggiata is based upon three main areas of interest: instrumental improvisations, a different approach to singing centred on the development of vocal interpretation influenced by traditional music, and the creation and staging of attractive shows.
Since its foundation L'Arpeggiata has had an incredible response from audiences as well as from critics. Their album 'La Villanella', dedicated to the music of Girolamo Kapsberger, was awarded 'Event of the Month' by Repertoire Des Disques in September 2001 and has been awarded the Premio Internationale del disco per la musica italiana.
Their second CD 'Homo fugit velut umbra' devoted to Stefano Landi was '10 de Répertoire' in Répertoire magazine, 'Diapason Découverte' in Diapason review, 'CD of the Week' in the BBC Music Magazine, 'CD of the Month' for Amadeus (Italy) and Prix Exellentia for Pizzicato (Luxembourg).
'La Tarantella', an encounter between baroque and traditional musicians, has been awarded '10 de Répertoire', 'CD of the Week' by France Musique and 'CD of the Month' by Toccata (Germany). It won the Cannes Classical Award in 2004 as best Early Music CD.
'All'Improvviso' their third disc, was rewarded with 'CD of the Month' by BBC Music Magazine and their most recent CD is the 'Rapressentatione di Anima et di Corpo' by Emilio de Cavalieri.
Their CD 'Los Impossibles' in collaboration with the famous King's Singers has come out in October 2006 and their next CD will be dedicated a Claudio Monteverdi, entiteled 'Teatro d'amore' and will appear in mars 2008.
Furthermore, L'Arpeggiata has participated in many of the major French festivals and in the Utrecht Oude Muziek, Anvers Festival des Flandres, Rencontres à Vézelay, Arques la Bataille, Namur, Pfingstfestspiele Melk, Bruge Festival des Flandres, Festival du Haut Jura, Festival de la Vézère, Festival de Sablè sur Sarthe, Centre Culturel d'Ambronay, Festival de Musique Baroque de Pontoise, Early Music Festival de Saint-Pètersbourg, Opèra de Bordeaux, en Espagne Darocca, Torroella de Montgri, Festival Atlantique ACores, Sevilla, Barcelone, Potsdam, Australia and Southamerica.
The bases of L'Arpeggiata are instrumental improvisations, a different approach to singing centred on the development of vocal interpretation influenced by traditional music, and the creation and staging of attractive shows.