How much do the famous violinists earn?Violinists: Recordings and Performances: How much money do the most famous classical violinsoloists earn for every average concert?
From Andreas Lantz
I know that Mutter used to be the highest paid classical violinist but I have no idea if that is still the case.
From Bruno LunkesWell, I guess they earn enough money to be able to afford a U$30k watch - Joshua Bell. But it must be very variant! For example, when Perlman came to Brazil, the cheapest ticket was about 130 USD. And the place had over 1000 sits!
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 01:40 AM
From Stephen BrivatiGreetings,
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 03:49 AM
yes, but it is not that simple. A few years ago Ilya Gringolts gave a breakdown of what happened to an apparently large fee for the benifit of this site. Once one begins deductiong things like agency fees, travelling, instrument insurance and maintenance, pianist fee (?) etc.etc. then the perspective is somewhat diffenret. Not thta the slary is to be sneezed at, but its certainly not a truly glamourous super salary job.
From Andreas LantzBruno: It must be far from sold out then I guess or? When Hilary Hahn played in town less then 50% of the seats where taken.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Stephen: I can imagine that, It is the same for many popartists as well, many of them have managers and record labels that take all the money. Hardly as glamorous and wellpaid as you might think. :(
From John DukesBoth Hahn and Perlman have come to Charlottesville VA and both times the shows were pretty much sold out. For Perlman, most of the seats were $250 bucks, but pretty good ones were $75. For Hahn most were $75.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM
From Raphael KlaymanGoing back more than several years, I heard that Perlman earned as much as $60,000 per concert, and that Yo Yo Ma topped every classical instrumenalist with $80,000 per concert!! No matter what their deductions, that still leaves a lot of chicken cutlet in the fridge!
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I also heard that after the world-wide financial crunch in 2008, most soloists were asked to take a fee cut - and rightly so.
In this connection, I might recommend 2 books on the classical music business: "Mozart in the Jungle" by Blair Tindal and "Who Killed Classical Music?" by Norman Lebrecht (Actually, the butler did it.)
Recently a performing arts orginization offered to engage me for a recital, but had an odd practice of paying in gum - and sugar-free gum on top of that. If it had been regular gum I might have considered it.
From Andreas LantzJohn: Was that recently? Hahn hasn´t been famous for more then a couple of years so she hardly played for sold out halls everywhere.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 01:24 PM
From John DukesIt was on October 19. And I edited my above comment. I meant to say pretty much sold out. Sorry:) However, there were very few empty seats available. It could be the shows were like that because we rarely have world famous violinist around here:(
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 01:40 PM
From Andreas LantzJohn: We rarely have the greatest violinist here in Gothenburg either. It´s not hard to understand since so few people are willing to go to classical concerts. I don´t think that even Perlman would sell out our concert hall. There were propably more then 600 seats left when Hahn played here in 07.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
From elise stanley[heysan Andreas; jag var fodes i Goteborg!] When I'm famous I'm definitely putting in on my concert tour schedule every year. Promise. :)
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM
From Peter CharlesOh well, if it's any comfort, I had a very boring week on tour in Gothenburg. Probably my fault.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
From John DukesIf there were 600 empty seats at the Paramount Theater, I'm pretty sure there would have been no one there:)
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 02:55 PM
From Lisa Van SicklePeter, it would have been much more fun that week if Elise had been in town.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 03:21 PM
From steven suThis is kinda sad...a lotta tone deaf mainstream artists are earning like 300,000/concert and classical only earns top 80,000/concert. just saying ._.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 03:32 PM
From Hendrik HakLast gig in a local cafe got us 50 from the owner and 140 from the patrons. And that playing mostly classical music.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
From Peter CharlesLisa - this was back in 1984 - nearly 30 years ago - so I would have been accused of influencing a minor!! But a bit later and it would have been fun ...
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM
From Peter Charles"Last gig in a local cafe got us 50 from the owner and 140 from the patrons. And that playing mostly classical music."
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Was that cents, pence or shillings? (Or dimes or nickels?) (wink) (If it was Euros I'm coming over ...)
From Andreas Lantz"I heard that Perlman earned as much as $60,000 per concert, and that Yo Yo Ma topped every classical instrumenalist with $80,000 per concert!!"
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Really!!? For solorecitals? was this recently?
I can only imagine them playing the biggest concerthalls in the US, Japan or Germany perhaps if they demand that much money.
From Trevor Jennings"tone deaf mainstream artists"
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I wonder how many of them are making a living only by courtesy of the likes of AutoTune?
From Bruno LunkesAndreas: Actually the tickets were sold out in less than a week! For what I know this was both the first and last time he came to Brazil.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 05:32 PM
From Lisa Van SickleYoYo Ma was here a few years ago doing a solo recital. It WAS a fundraiser for a local orchestra, but the tickets were $250 each, and it was held at the opera. That means about 2100 seats, outdoors. I wasn't sure it was the best venue for solo or chamber works. Not to mention that the tickets were a little rich for my blood.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Maybe if they added fireworks, roadies, groupies, a tower of amps, a T-shirt concession, and a few other things to the show these classical dweebs could get higher fees.
From Tom HolzmanIf I remember correctly from Blair Tindall's book, she was quite scandalized by how much Perlman made per concert compared to his accompanist, Sam Sanders. I think it was something like $30000 vs. $1000 or $2000.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 07:01 PM
From Andrew SordsJohn,
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I was at the Perlman show in Charlottesville last April. Sox.encores if I am remembering correctly...:)
These artists don't make the same fee for every concert, BTW. Some smaller venues make offers that the artist will accept (to pay for their Strad and Manhattan pad...)
From John DukesHi Mr. Sords, I attended your concert with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra earlier on in that day. I believe you played the Tchaikovsky violin concerto. That was a good day of concerts for me:) The whole time Perlman was playing, I was hoping that he would play Bazzini's Dance of the Goblins.
Posted on March 13, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I was ecstatic when, after he came back out all those times, he said he would play it. That will probably remain the best concert of my life.
From Paul DeckThere was an essay a while back to the effect that Anne-Sophie Mutter had priced herself out of London:
Posted on March 14, 2012 at 12:03 AM
From Hendrik HakPeter, that's in beaver pelts, old Canadian currency.
Posted on March 14, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Actually it's Canadian dollars and with the trouble in the Middle East the price for crude oil keeps going up and so is our dollar. So maybe you should come over for some gigs here . Would love to have you , we'll have a blast.
From Trevor JenningsArising out of this discussion one may wonder whether it is usual for for musicians (not just the famous) to do pro bono work. I know that lawyers and similar professionals do it, the pro bono work of some law firms perhaps being 5% of their workload.
Posted on March 14, 2012 at 01:25 AM
From Stephen BrivatiGreetings,
Posted on March 14, 2012 at 01:33 AM
my cat is very `pro-bono`
From Peter CharlesPaul -
Posted on March 14, 2012 at 10:14 AM
Interesting stuff!! I remember the said lady coming down to Cardiff to play the Mendelssohn concerto many years ago, when I was deputising. The story was that she hired a London taxi and said "take me to the BBC in Cardiff" - I bet that fare was a whopper! (If I'd known I would have got a lift with her as long as she paid ...)
I don't normally think much of what Norman L spouts, but on this occasion it was to the point.
I am a bit amazed though because for once I agree with NL as I personally find her performances rather ... strange and boring!
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