Born in Vienna, Christian Arming trained with Leopold Hager and Seiji Ozawa. In 1995, at the age of 24, he was the youngest conductor appointed to lead the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, a position he held until 2002.
From 2003 to 2013, he was music director of the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo, where he succeeded Seiji Ozawa, and of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester. From 2011 to 2019, he is Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, with whom he makes numerous recordings.
He is regularly invited and re-invited by numerous orchestras in Europe (Deutsches Sinfonieorchester, Hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Staatskapelle Weimar, Mozarteum Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, RAI Turin, Staatskapelle Dresden… ) and in the rest of the world (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic of Malaysia and Tampere, NHK Symphony Orchestra… ).
Since 1997, he has conducted numerous operas including The Turn of the Screw in Cincinnati, Der Rosenkavalier in Trieste, La Bohème in Lucerne, Salome and Elektra in Verona, Prince Igor in Strasbourg, Der fliegende Holländer, Don Giovanni, Jenufa, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Der Zwerg in Frankfurt.
In Tokyo, he also conducted Pelléas et Mélisande, Fidelio, Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Gianni Schicchi, Salome, Eine florentinische Tragödie, Lohengrin and Die Fledermaus.
After Carmen in 2019, he returns to conduct the Ozawa Academy in 2020 for a new production of Die Fledermaus and has just been appointed Principal Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra.
His projects include Ariadne auf Naxos at the Opéra National de Montpellier.