The US classical music world almost had a seizure last week when it was revealed that 55-year-old Dutch music director Jaap van Zweden, a relatively unknown conductor in world terms, had been paid more than $5 million by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the year 2013-2014, a tidy sum even by JR Ewing’s standards.
The salaries of conductors are usually closely guarded secrets, but are often “dug out” by the orchestra consultant, journalist and...
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