Paulina van Laarhoven graduated in 1985 after studying in the Netherlands with Margriet Tindemans, Jordi Savall & Wieland Kuijken. Her passionate playing has since graced concert stages throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa and Japan. Invited to perform with many of the world's leading Early Music Ensembles including “The Harp Consort”, “Ensemble Huelgas”, “Cantus Köln”, "Sirius viols", “The Ricercar Consort” & “La Fenice”, she was also a founding member of “L’Arpeggiata” and “La Sfera Armoniosa” and now fronts her own ensemble "La Violetta".

Aside from numerous CD's of renaissance and baroque music, she has also recorded with the Italian Symphonic Metal band Rhapsody. Between 1993 and 1995 she worked with the renowned choreographer Reinhild Hoffman at the Schauspielhaus in Bochum, Germany as a soloist and musical director. Her deep interest in the performance practices of basso continuo led her to explore the long neglected Lirone, on which she is now recognized as one of the worlds leading players.