According to Forbes magazine, the general and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev, received the highest income of any Russian musician last year, raking in a total of $16.5 million. For the first time, a symphony musician has turned out to be richer than pop stars.
Experts at the Internet portal Bachtrack write that Gergiev is now the most sought-after conductor in the world. In a little under one year — between December 21, 2012 and November 29, 2013 — Gergiev will have led 211 concerts in Russia and abroad, according to his schedule.
However, Gergiev’s wealth ranking is a result not only of his high fees and frequent concerts; his creative work is supplemented by his 15-percent ownership of Yevrodon, Russia’s largest producer of turkey meat. Gergiev is also the president of the Finnish Black Sauna Society.
The Forbes top-20 list included only two other musicians from the world of classical music: violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet ($3 million) and pianist Denis Matsuev ($1.7 million). The 17 remaining musicians were pop stars.
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