Muti’s CSO salary over $2 million last year

Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Riccardo Muti earned over $2 million in 2011, his first year as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

With performance, broadcast and recording fees, Muti took home about $2.2 million, even with his extended absences due to illness.

Considering Muti’s stature and the CSO’s elevated position among U.S. orchestras, such a salary is not exorbitant. Heather Gillers reports that Michael Tilson Thomas made even more ($2.41 million) leading the San Francisco Symphony and James Levine earned $2.06 million from 2010-2011. Gustavo Dudamel made $985, 363 in 2010, his first full year with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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