Saw this today and was a little surprised. I guess maybe I should have been a conductor . . . .
$2.41 million – Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony
$2.06 million – James Levine, Metropolitan Opera
$1.21 million – James Levine (again!), Boston Symphony
$1.56 million – Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic
$1.47 million – Charles Dutoit, Philadelphia Orchestra
$993,696 – James Conlon, Los Angeles Opera
$985,363 – Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic
$958,597 – Franz Welser-Most, Cleveland Orchestra
Earnings from 2010-11 nonprofit tax returns compiled by The Los Angeles Times.
America’s highest paid conductors.
via America’s highest paid conductors.
Check out this fun article on the most musical American presidents. I’ll summarize them quickly, but you should really read the original.
10. FDR – played organ
9. Chester Arthur – played banjo
6,7,8: JQA, John Tyler, Woodrow Wilson
JQA played flute
JT and WW: played violin
5. Harry S. Truman: dedicated piano player who continued to play throughout presidency. performances can be viewed on YouTube.
4. Bill Clinton – playing the sax got him elected
3. Richard Nixon – accomplished pianist, violinist and accordionist who also did some composing
2. Thomas Jefferson: played violin, cello, and clavichord and was known to practice 3hrs/day
1. Warren G. Harding – “played every instrument but the slide trombone and the E-flat cornet.”
America’s top ten musical Presidents.