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.

Latest Blog Post

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Happy 80th Birthday and Happy...

It’s a season of celebration for an exceptional orchestra, in an extraordinary land full of music. Yes – against all odds, the soil that saved so many from the ashes of the Holocaust and inherited the soulful tradition of Russia’s virtuosi as they fled communist repression harvests its musical talent in an embrace of its own individual flavor with the best of what international music culture has...

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Featured Blog Posts

Photo Credit: CARNEGIE HALL

National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall: Signing up for excellence...

Short of the national “red, white and blue,” the National...

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Capture By: SIMONE MASSONI

Evgeny Kissin’s Well-Tempered Departure Published on BlogCritics.com

Pianist Evgeny Kissin, concluding thePerspectives series at Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary...

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Published In: LISTEN MAGAZINE

Concerts and the City - Urban storytelling with Daniel Libeskind

There is a deeply affecting quality about star architect Daniel...

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Upcoming Projects

Laura Metcalf & Matei Varga at Zinc Bar for GetClassical

Following the 2016 release of their debut album "First Day," which reached #7 on the Billboard Classical Charts and was hailed by Gramophone as "brilliant," cellist Laura Metcalf and pianist Matei Varga present a creative, eclectic program on May 15th at Zinc Bar. Alongside favorites such as Alberto Ginastera's fiery "Pampeana", a gentle tango by Jose Bragato, and a beguiling chanson by Francis Poulenc, they will also perform music by acclaimed young...

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“..with a feel that’s downtown Manhattan by way of 19th. century Paris salon.., its variety show atmosphere is known to draw audience members to the stage. And quite a variety show that can lead to, given that the last installment’s couches were filled with musicians ranging from arty Juilliard students to Carnegie darling Evgeny Kissin.”
-Harpers Bazaar

Past Events

“Ilona is a true music lover… a musical warrior working in the trenches to create new avenues for fan and artist to come together. Ilona has earned respect and admiration for her work in the New York music scene to create a new kind of intimate artist/fan concert experience. We share a common vision with Ilona in her desire to bring artists and fans closer. We salute Ilona Oltuski… a true piano lover dedicated to making a difference Bravo!”
-Richard Waterman, Real Piano Music.com

Artists’ Shout Outs

  • Lily Maisky

    Pianist

    It was a memorable and very fun experience getting to perform in a less conventional venue for classical music in New York thanks to Ilona. I find it great that she brings such events to a wider audience; in this...

  • Inon Barnatan

    Pianist

    "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...

  • Gerard Schwarz

    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

    Pianist

    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

    Pianists

    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...

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