Christina Pluhar was born in Graz, Austria, in 1965. She studied lute at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where her teachers included Toyohiko Satoh
. She had further studies with Hopkinson Smith
at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, and Mara Galassi
at the Scuola Civica di Milano.
Throughout the 1990s Pluhar steadily built her performance career and in 2000 founded L'Arpeggiata
. Based in Paris, the ensemble, consisting of about ten members, performs on original instruments, despite its jazz and folk additions.
Pluhar chose some of the finest artists in Europe as members, including Italian folk singer Lucilla Galeazzi
, Baroque guitarist Marcello Vitale
, and cornettist Doron David Sherwin. She led L'Arpeggiata
virtually to overnight success with its first CD, La Villanella (a collection of Giovanni Kapsberger
vocal works), issued to great acclaim the year it was founded.