Classical Notes: Conductor van Zweden’s $5m salary astonishes the classical world

Zweden’s pay packet beats Lorin Maazel's by almost two million dollars

3rd July, 2016
Jaap van Zweden, aka David Geffen

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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