Drew McManus has published his annual survey of maestro earnings, and there’s one notable omission*. But before we go into the small print let’s congratulate Marin Alsop on being the first woman conductor to pull down a £1 million salary. What’s more, it’s the first time Baltimore has ever paid seven digits for a conductor.
photo: Chris Christodoulou/Lebrecht Music&Arts
Here’s the top ten list of earners for the 2014/15 season:
1 Chicago Symphony: $2,776,869 (Riccardo Muti)
2 San Francisco Symphony: $2,715,815 (Michae Tilson Thomas)
3 Dallas Symphony: $2,657,139 (Jaap Van Zweden)
4 Los Angeles Philharmonic: $1,906,100 (Gustavo Dudamel)
5 New York Philharmonic: $1,672,450 (Alan Gilbert)
6 Cleveland Orchestra: $1,248,711 (Franz Welser-Möst)
7 Philadelphia Orchestra: $1,110,000 (Yannick Nézet-Séguin)
8 Saint Louis Symphony: $1,042,644 (David Robertson)
9 Baltimore Symphony: $1,015,937 (Marin Alsop)
10 Detroit Symphony: $828,591 (Leonard Slatkin)
Right, the small print:
Boston and Houston failed, for some reason, to report music director salaries, perhaps because both men were in their first year. Dallas posted a drop in Jaap Van Zweden’s earnings – he was top dog on a record $5.1 million last year – they may have found another way to shield them.
And one other big earner is simply missing.
*Christoph Eschenbach, in his last full season as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, is not listed as one of the organisation’s five highest paid contractors. That could be because the fifth highest paid contractor was reported at $2,709,973 whereas Eschenbach’s compensation the previous season was $2,274,151.
Even so, says Drew, ‘this is the first time I’ve encountered a scenario where a multi-million dollar music director wasn’t included on a 990 due to legitimately not being the five highest paid independent contractors.’
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