A version of this article was published on BlogCritics (Nov.31,2017) Currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at Yale University, Slava, as he is called by his friends, speaks freely about the experiences that brought him to America from his native Russia. Dissatisfied with the trend in Russian politics toward entangling career with ideology, Slava was keen to follow his fascination with the “land of the free,”...Read More
Cultural Journalist Ilona Oltuski
Welcome to GetClassical – a platform for classical music enthusiasts, offering portraits of artists and blog posts that aim to put the finger on the pulse of today’s classical music scene. Beyond its journalism, GetClassical aims to connect great talent with new audiences through its concert events, held in alternative venues.
As journalist (member of MCANA) and founder of GetClassical concerts, it is my great passion to share the talent I meet with greater audiences through my writing and collaborations with performers. GetClassical’s partnership with WWFM broadcasts enhances the spectrum of listeners throughout a great variety of concert performances in venues as diverse as Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar, Yamaha Piano Salon, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Louis Meisel Gallery, Zinc Bar, India House and LPR.
GetClassical is continuing its search for new venues and exciting artists. Every presentation should be geared to the special characteristic of its program. Currently, GetClassical is obsessed with the musical oeuvre of Mieczysław Weinberg and I am looking for collaboration on a big project that will feature his music. We invite you to be part of the conversation.
Artists’ Shout Outs
"It was such a pleasure talking to Ilona and having an interview that was as exhaustive and intelligent as it was readable and entertainingly written. Music journalism is becoming a rare art and it's nice to know it is in...
Natasha Cherny Founder and Co-President, The Drozdoff Society Producer, Impromptu! Classical Music Recital Series
When I first became aware of Ilona Oltuski’s GetClassical series, I wondered if perhaps here was a kindred spirit. Now, as a frequent reader of her discerning journalism and a follower of her concerts, I am truly impressed with her...
Conductor, Educator, Producer
I have had the great pleasure to see first hand the remarkable work Ilona does presenting concerts, interviewing artists and writing about music. Her musical knowledge is extensive and her charm and brillance are always apparent in her writing on...
Philip Edward Fisher
The experience of being interviewed by Ilona was an unforgettable one. Not only does she bring to the table a plethora of musical and pianistic knowledge, but also a natural and conversational style that draws you in, creating an environment...
Lucille Chung and Alessio Bax
Among the best writers and interviewers proudly stands Ilona Oltuski. She quickly gets to the point of an interview with her musical background and inquisituve mind. At the same time she offers a special and unique angle to any article...