has been Music Director of the Liège Royal Philharmonic / Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (OPRL) since 1 September 2011.
Born in Vienna in 1971, Christian Arming grew up in Hamburg. After studying with Leopold Hager, he worked closely with Seiji Ozawa from 1992 to 1998 and conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood and the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo.
Christian Arming recalls being fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hear, in his home town, week after week, orchestras with a typically Viennese sound and with a worldwide reputation in the great Germanic repertoire (Richard Strauss, Bruckner, Mahler, etc.), while also discovering what Nikolaus Harnoncourt was bringing to the performance of older music. In Liège, he has highlighted the Central European repertoire, while taking advantage of the tradition the OPRL has developed in the field of contemporary music, sharing his knowledge of Slav - and in particular Czech - music, and expanding the French repertoire that is so dear to the Orchestra.
In 1995, at 24 years of age, Christian Arming became the youngest conductor ever appointed to head the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, a post he held until 2002. He went on to become Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (2001-2004) and, from 2003 to 2013, of the New Japan Philharmonic (Tokyo), where he succeeded Seiji Ozawa. Christian Arming has conducted more than 50 orchestras all over the world, in Berlin, Vienna, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Munich, Rome, Geneva, Boston, Cincinnati, Houston, and elsewhere. He is in great demand for opera and has conducted in Salzburg, Cincinnati (Britten’s Turn of the Screw
), Trieste (Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier
), Lucerne (La Bohème
), Verona (Salome
), Strasbourg (Prince Igor
), Frankfurt (The Flying Dutchman
, Don Giovanni
), Tokyo (Leonore
, Jeanne d’Arc
, The Makropoulos Case
, Die Fledermaus, Eine florentinische Tragödie).
Over the last fifteen years, he has recorded works by Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler, Janáček, and Schmidt (for the most part with the New Japan Philharmonic) on Fontec and Arte Nova/BMG, Escaich with the Orchestre National de Lyon (on Universal/Accord), and, with the OPRL, Franck (Fuga Libera), Saint-Saëns (3CDs on Zig-Zag Territoires/Outhere), Gouvy (Palazzetto Bru Zane), Wagner (Naïve, 2015), and Jongen (Musique en Wallonie, 2017).