What Russia’s five top conductors are earningmain
The Ministry of Culture has published the 2014 salaries of the heads of Russia’s leading arts institutions. It’s a revealing chart. In first place, earning six times more than the next orchestra chief, is…. well you’ve guessed:
1 Valery Gergiev 340 million rubles ($6.9m)
2 Vladimir Spivakov 57 million rubles ($1.2m)
Artistic Director of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia
3 Yuri Temirkanov 42 million rubles ($850,000)
St Peterbsburg Philharmonic
4 Vladimir Fedoseyev 34 million rubles ($670,000)
Bolshoi symphony orchestra
5 Vladimir Jurowsky 25 million rubles ($500,000)
Svetlanov symphony orchestra
Say what you will about Mr. Putin, he supports music!
George Weiss, one-time general manager of the New York Yankees, sneered that you could buy a sportswriter with a steak. So for all their lofty pretentions, artists will always lick the boots of any thug that tosses a few coins their way.
Absolutely right,Olassus!And they deserve it,Russian conductors(and musicians in general)are really among the worlds very best!I think also of both the Petrenkos,Pletnev,Karabits et al.And Maestro Gergiev´s salary isn´t so high,just look at his working schedule….
Karabits is Ukrainian conductor. Please get your facts right.
Oy veh, who cares about the difference. All the same people anyway, if you really think about it. Problem is that people don’t think…
“Who cares”? Are you for real?
In the long run all not worth a spit in the ocean
Apart from Gergs, all pretty modest, but he probably works 6 times harder than the
Money well spent ✓
If you really want to see modest, look at the salaries that the top Russian orchestral musicians are paid.
The salary in Temirkanov orchestra are quite high – around 3 000 Euro/month after taxes. Plus touring – it’s extra money
In Gergiev’s orchestra also like that but they work much more
That is not at all bad. I was under the impression that the salaries were on average significantly lower than those of their European counterparts.
Thank you Marina.
Is Pletnev on voluntary Service ?
Pletnev’s RNO was founded as a private sector orchestra without state funding. I assume it remains so – hence Pletnev does not receive fees from the state.
Harold, Karabits is Ukrainian.
Saying Ukrainian is not Russian is like saying Bavarian is not German. Nationalism, what a pest and man dividing concept. Sad we are heading down instead of up.
Rather like saying “Dutch is not German” – something no sensible person would dare to say, of course.
I agree that nationalism, but why should Russian nationalism be any better than Ukrainian nationalism?
I must correct myself – “sometheing every sensible person would agree to”, of course.
I’m sorry, but that comparison is at best ignorant.
Let’s try again, another way:
Some people might think that there is no difference between Ireland and Iceland. Or that Spanish and Portuguese people are the same. It is sad to see such ignorance, but when ignorant people are also arrogant, it is quite funny.
Good for Putin. Wouldn’t see Cameron/Brown/Blair at that sort of thing. I vaguely recall John Major at Sutherland’s farewell at Covent Garden…
A lot more before the recent tanking of the Rouble!