In Drew McManus’s annual survey of US maestro earnings, Gustavo Dudamel has lagged for some years behind the plutocrats of the podium, the ones who earn several millions dollars each year for 14 or 14 weeks work.
Dudamel has been content so far to hover around the million-dollar mark at the LA Phil, picking up Hollywood gigs to pay for any spare villas and unforseen extras.
As of Drew’s new list, out today, Dudamel tops the list of US earners with $3,010,589 in declared audits for 2016/17. He can now afford the yacht.
Second is Riccardo Muti in Chicago with $2,716,488. Third is MTT in San Fran.
The top ten:
1 Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic: $3,010,589
2. Muti, Chicago Symphony: $2,716,488
3. Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony: $2,492,623
4. Van Zweden Dallas Symphony: $2,206,908
5. Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic: $1,645,865
6. Yannick, Philadelphia Orchestra: $1,424,000
7. Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony: $1,395,161
8. Franz Welser-Möst, Cleveland Orchestra: $1,319,353
9. David Robertson, Saint Louis Symphony: $1,040,317
10. Marin Alsop, Baltimore Symphony: $987,667
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