We have received a document from Stefana Atlas, the Columbia Artists agent who represents both Lynn Harrell and Carlos Miguel Prieto, showing that the cellist was actually paid $14,830 (282,125 pesos) for a pair of concerts in 2015, not the $275,000 that we reported yesterday, based on an account in a Mexican newspaper.
A further official document, sent to Slipped Disc by a source within the Mexican ministry of culture, reveals a clear discrepancy between the online database and the scanned PDF of artist payouts, which led to fees being misreported. Basically, someone at the ministry mistook pesos for US dollars.
A human error?
Not at all, says our source within the ministry. It’s part of a campaign to destabilise Prieto, who has been music director for 12 years.
Prieto (pictured) has given an interview in New Orleans, where he conducts the Louisiana Philharmonic. He said: ‘This is a ‘lost in translation’ situation. I am kind of saddened (because) I don’t want this to give a bad impression of my country, and it saddens me this … was published without verified information.’
Having seen all the relevant documentation, we are happy to clarify that Harrell and others were paid regular fees in Mexico and not the inflated amounts first quoted. We regret any discomfort caused by the misapprehension.