The Minister of Education and Culture in Andalusia, Luciano Alonso, has voiced outrage at the fees paid to Pedro Halffter, music director of the Royal Seville symphony orchestra. ‘I disagree with his salary, which is excessive. No one in the public sector of Andalusia should earn more than the president,’ said Alonso. The regional president is paid a salary of 69,000 Euros. The maestro makes 250,000 Euros.
Halffter, who also heads the philharmonic orchestra of the Canary Islands, has a contract in Seville that ends this summer. It seems unlikely to be renewed.