Nicolas Achten

Baritone, harpsichordist, lutenist, harpist and artistic director, Nicolas Achten is a rising figure in the world of early music. A prizewinner at the 7th annual Chimay International Baroque Singing Competition in 2006, he was voted Classical Artist of the Year at the 2009 Octaves de la Musique, Belgium’s music awards, and likewise named Young Musician of the Year by the Belgian Musical Press in 2009.

Born in Brussels in 1985, Nicolas Achten studied singing, lute, harpsichord and triple harp at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague, and completed his training at various masterclasses, including the Académie baroque d’Ambronay and the Centre de la Voix de Royaumont.

Since 2004, Nicolas has performed with some of Europe’s most prestigious early music ensembles including l’Arpeggiata, La Fenice, La Petite Bande, Ausonia, Les Agrémens, Akadémia, Les Talens Lyriques, il Fondamento, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Il Seminario Musicale, Le Poème Harmonique, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and for conductors such as Jean Tubéry, Sigiswald Kuijken, Marc Minkowski, Christophe Rousset and René Jacobs.

He is one of the few classical singers to accompany himself on various instruments, reviving this historical tradition. With the intention of furthering this practice and research, he founded the ensemble Scherzi Musicali, whose concerts and recordings have received unanimous praise from the public and the international press. The ensemble’s performances and recordings have been awarded the highest accolades, including the Diapason d’or découverte, Crescendo magazine’s Joker, La clé (ResMusica), Prelude Classics Award, 4-stars (Monde de la musique), Muse d’Or , Golden Ring (Classic Info), and received the International Record Review’s “Outstanding” award.

Nicolas Achten teaches singing, lute and historical performance practice at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. He is a regular guest professor at several European institutions (University of East Anglia, Operastudio Vlaanderen, the Yorke Trust (Norfolk), Conservatorio Milano), and he is musical director for Muziektheater Transparant’s summer courses.

»Lassus Grand Cru«: Concert and wine-tasting

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Vanitas. A Lied.Lab

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»Thrace«

s t i l l – a Lied play

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Bayer Kultur

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Explorations II: Cairo Jazz Station

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s t i l l – a Lied play

6.45 pm Concert introduction by our Classic Scouts (Newcomer concert)

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Christina Pluhar © Marco Borggreve

Christina Pluhar & l’Arpeggiata: »Via crucis«

The soprano Nuria Rial unfortunately had to cancel this concert. We thank Christina Pluhar for finding another excellent singer: Céline Scheen.

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Christina Pluhar (at Ballsaal, Stadthalle)

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Klaus Tschira Stiftung gGmbH

Christina Pluhar © Marco Borggreve

Christina Pluhar

Christina Pluhar, founder and artistic director of the L’Arpeggiata, discoverd – after classical guitar studies at the University of her hometown Graz – her deep affinity for Renaissance and Baroque music.
She devoted herself to the studies of the lute, theorbo, baroque guitar and baroque harp at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Netherlands) with Toyohiko Satoh and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) with Hopkinson Smith and at the Schuola Civica di Milano (Italy) with Mara Galassi.
Her repertoire includes music of the Renaissance and Baroque for lute, baroque guitar, archlute, theorbo and baroque harp, where she excelled as soloist.

In 1992 studies she moved to Paris, where she performed as a soloist and continuo player in with ensembles including La Fenice, Hesperion XXI, Il Giardino Armonico, Concerto Soave, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Cantus Cölln amongst others. As a continuo player, she is sought by orchestras under the direction of René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton and Alessandro di Marchi.

From 1993, she conducted master classes at Graz University, and from 1999 has served as professor of Baroque harp at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.