Jaap’s orchestra cashes in $6 million

Jaap’s orchestra cashes in $6 million


norman lebrecht

January 21, 2021

The Swire Group, principal patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 15 years, has opened another term of sponsorship in the troubled city with a US $6 million gift.

The press release states: Maestro van Zweden, the HK Phil and Swire share the same passion for giving fine music to all and promoting an integrated society through music.

Swire is a colonial and post-colonial British trading company. Jaap Van Zweden has been the world’s highest paid conductor.



  • JH says:

    All these conductors are overpaid. There can’t be a more overrated job in all music than that of conductor. Why they get these huge payments is beyond me.