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“During these five years, we have often tackled contemporary works,” says Austrian conductor Christian Arming, music director of the New Japan Philharmonic (NJP) since 2003. “I believe that broadened our horizon.”

Born in Vienna, Arming, 37, studied at the city’s University of Music and Performing Arts and is one of Austria’s most in-demand conductors, successful both in opera and symphonic orchestra. At the age of 24, he was appointed as chief conductor of the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic, where he served until 2002. He also worked for the Lucerne Theater in Switzerland from 2001 to 2004.

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