It has been a long-established fact of American musical life that the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic is the highest paid orchestral player in the land.
That may no longer be the case.
Figures obtained by Drew McManus from orchestra tax returns for 2011/12 show that Glenn Dicterow’s salary shot up from $517,432 (2010/11) to $654,679 in what will have been his penultimate season. He has just retired.
But Glenn’s successor has yet to be named and it’s unlikely he or she will be paid at that rate.
Meantime, other concertmasters are creeping up.
Alexander Barantschik in San Francisco shot from 507,063 (2010/11) to $560,010.
And changes in IRS procedures mean that a concertmaster’s pay no longer needs to be published if it is below $100,000.
So for the moment, the top three are:
1 Dicterow (NY) $654,679
2 Barantschik (SF) $560,010
3 William Preucil (Cleveland) $519,857
No-one else above half a mill.
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