Aspen Music Festival And School

Christian Arming Back To Performers

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Christian Arming, age thirty-nine, is one of Austria’s most sought after conductors, highly successful in both the symphonic and operatic field. He was born in Vienna and studied conducting under Karl Österreicher and Leopold Hager at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Seiji Ozawa has been a mentor and strong supporter of his career, and this close collaboration brought Arming to Tanglewood where he conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra and also to Tokyo where he first conducted the New Japan Philharmonic. At the age of twenty-four, Mr. Arming was appointed chief conductor of the Janácek Philharmonic in Ostrava, Czech Republic, a position he held from 1996 for six years. In 2002 he became Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Lucerne Theatre and Symphony Orchestra and since 2003 has been Music Director of the New Japan Philharmonic—a position that has recently been extended to 2013. May 2003 saw an important milestone when Arming conducted the Czech Philharmonic at the opening concert of the Prague Spring Festival. His career has flourished, and he has subsequently conducted many of the top European orchestras. His work has also won many supporters in the operatic world, including an invitation to conduct at the opening of the Salzburg Festival in 1997. Mr. Arming has made a number of recordings including works by Janácek and Schubert with the Janácek Philharmonic on Arte Nova and Rosa Classic, and more recently Brahms Symphony No. 1 and Mahler Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 with the New Japan Philharmonic on Fontec.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO