BIOGRAPHY

Christian Arming is one of Austria’s most sought after conductors, highly successful in both the symphonic and operatic field. He was born in Vienne, where he studied conducting under Leopold Hager at the University of Music and Performing Arts.

A very important development for Christian was his yearlong relationship with Seiji Ozawa, who was his teacher, mentor and strong supporter of his career, introducing him to Boston and Tokyo.

This collaboration and friendship  continues till present days, as they work together at the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in Japan, where Christian conducted performances of "Carmen"and "Fledermaus".

Music Director of the Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 2011 to 2019, he previously held the same position at the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo from 2003 to 2013, at the Lucerne Theatre and Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2004 and from 1996 to 2002 was Chief Conductor of the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava, in 2017 he was named Principal  Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra.  

Since conducting the Czech Philharmonic at the opening concert of the Prague Spring Festival in May 2003, Christian Arming’s career has flourished and he has subsequently conducted many of the top European orchestras including the Dresden Staatskapelle, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna Symphony, National Polish Radio, Swiss Romande, Prague Symphony, Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Barcelona Symphony, Belgium National, Capitole de Toulouse and RAI Turin orchestras.  

In North America he has conducted Boston, Cincinnati, Houston, Colorado, Utah,St. Louis,Atlanta and Vancouver Symphony orchestras, and regularly invited to Asia, he has worked with the NHK, Hiroshima and Shanghai Symphony orchestras as well as the Taiwan and the Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras. 

 

Christian Arming’s work has also won many supporters in the operatic world since 1997, when he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival gaining two immediate re-invitations, he has conducted many productions: Britten’s The Turn of the Screw  in Cincinnati, Rosenkavalier  in Trieste, La Bohème  in Lucerne, Salome and Elektra  in Verona, Prince Igor  in Strasbourg as well as The Flying Dutchman, Don Giovanni, Jenufa, Tales of Hoffmann and, Der Zwerg  at the Frankfurt Opera. He regularly conducts opera works in Tokyo, most recently Pelléas and Mélisande, Leonore, Tristan und Isolde,Gianni Schicchi, Salome, A Florentine Tragedy, Lohengrin  and  Die Fledermaus.  

Christian Arming’s discography is equally important and he has recorded works by Janáček and Schubert with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, Mahler’s Symphonies Nos.3 and 5, Bruckner’s SymphonyNo.7, Verdi’s Requiemand Franz Schmidt’s  Das Buch mit den 7 Siegeln with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. His records with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liege of Franck’s Symphony in D minor – for which he received the Diapason d’Or – and then Wagner’s opera arias with bass baritone Evgeny Nikitin have both been extremely well received by the press.

In 2018 Deutsche Grammophon launched his first recording featuring the SIRBA octet. In 2019 Christian Arming is honoured again with the price - Diapason d’Or, for the project featuring contemporary clarinet concertos.

In 2016 he made his debut for Mezzo TV with Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. For them he recorded more than ten different programs, including Shostakovich-13th Sympfony; Rachmaninov-2nd Symphony; Orff-"Carmina Burana"; Mahler;Bartok and many more.

 

In 2017, Christian Arming was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2019/2020 Christian Arming  will conduct Hiroshima, Fort Worth, Gunma, Liège orchestras and a new production of Ariane in Naxos in  Montpellier National Opera.