Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
Christian Arming is one of Austria’s most sought after conductors, highly successful in both the symphonic and operatic field. Since 2011/12 season he has held the position of Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, prior to which he was Music Director of the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo.
He was born in Vienna and studied conducting under Leopold Hager at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Seiji Ozawa has also been a mentor and strong supporter of his career, introducing him to Boston and Tokyo. At the age of 24, Arming was appointed Chief Conductor of the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava, Czech Republic, a position he held from 1996 for six years before being named Music Director of the Lucerne Theatre and Symphony Orchestra in 2002.
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 Deutsches Sinfonieorchester, Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, Staatskapelle Weimar, Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi Milan, Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and RAI Turin. In May 2008 Arming replaced Georges Prêtre at the Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome conducting Mahler Symphony No 5. After much critical acclaim he was re-invited in June 2010 when he conducted Mahler Symphony No 3, which was also a major success.
Outside Europe he has conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as the Cincinnati, Shanghai, Houston, Colorado and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras.
Recent highlights include performances with Tampere Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Staatsoper Hamburg and forthcoming engagements include debuts with the New Jersey and NHK Symphony Orchestras as well as re-invitations to the Taiwan Philharmonic, National Polish Radio Orchestra Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona amongst others.
Arming’s work has also won many supporters in the operatic world. In 1997 he conducted at the opening of the Salzburg Festival and was immediately re-engaged for two concerts. In 1999 he conducted a new production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in Cincinnati and a new production of Rosenkavalier in Triest. Next followed new productions of La Bohème in Lucerne (2001), Salome (2002), Elektra (2003) in Verona and Prince Igor in Strasbourg. He enjoys a close collaboration with Frankfurt Opera: in 2004 he conducted a revival production Der Fliegender Holländer, Don Giovanni in 2006, Jenufa in 2007 and returned in 2011 for Les contes d’Hoffmann. He regularly conducts opera with his orchestra in Tokyo, most recently Pelléas et Mélisande, Leonore, Poulenc Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Gianni Schicchi, Salome, Zemlinsky Eine florentinische Tragodie, Lohengrin and Die Fledermaus. In June 2013 he conducted a new production of Das Zwerg by Zemlinsky and in April 2014 he was at the Hamburg Staatsoper (Prince Igor).
Christian Arming has an extensive discography including works by Janáček and Schubert with the Janáček Philharmonic, Brahms Symphony No 1 and Mahler Symphonies Nos 3 and 5 with the New Japan Philharmonic. His recordings with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège of Franck’s Symphony in D minor and Wagner Opera arias with baritone/bass Evgeny Nikitin have both received extremely positive reviews.