Elisaveta Blumina


Dear Ilona, thank you very much again for your article which is spot on. You are a remarkable woman with a rare intuition, a wonderful humor and curiosity about unknown composers. I have never had the experience of such an article about me, you know the music world and seem to understand me even when I am only saying a half sentence. Your optimism is very contagious and I am very happy to have met you. Elisaveta Blumina

Lily Maisky


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 day and age of adaptation and evolution such initiatives are of great importance. All the best of luck for the future!

Andreas Kern


Dear Ilona, „We love your Blog Get Classical. Every month we are curious to read your interviews, your tips for classical hot spots and to get more classical :-). We also appreciated your interview with us and hope to see you, Ilona, in one of our next shows in the US“ PIANO BATTLE Warm wishes, Andreas

Inon Barnatan


"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 good hands."

Mischa Maisky


Internationally renowned cellist Mischa Maisky supports GetClassical's mission and passionately presented music endeavors.

Daniele Rinaldo


I met Ilona in NYC after a recital I played there in 2014, and we had a lovely interview where I talked about myself and my activities and she enthusiastically described her GetClassical project. We both agreed on the necessity to reach audiences beyond the traditional concert hall ones, both by choice of repertoire and venue, and by keeping a mind as open as possible on all possible musical influences and try to overcome traditional genre barriers. I very much appreciated her article on my performance as well as her attitude towards music and her commitment to GetClassical. I am very glad to see how well it's developing! All the best, hope to se you soon!

Richard Waterman

Real Piano Music.com

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 artist and fans closer. We create Artist Gallery pages to give fans an up close and personal web experience with their musical heroes-while Ilona has gone even further to create intimate salon concerts where artist and fan can mingle before and after a performance with no stage barrier. We salute Ilona Oltuski...a true piano lover dedicated to making a difference! Bravo!

Theodore Wiprud

Composer, Concert Presenter, Educator, and Music Executive

I loved GetClassical's presentation of my music at the chic Zinc Bar - it;s wonderful hearing music in a club atmosphere. And also Ilona's discerning blog post about my wrk with pianist Yoonie Han, which reached lots of readers.

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 musical subjects and her interaction with artists. She is very special in so many ways, but it is especially gratifying to have a real music lover producing concerts and reporting on music.

Donal Fox

Composer, Pianist, Improviser Steinway Artist

Ilona is fine writer and music journalist. She is very passionate about the arts and reaching new audiences for classical music. She is also an enthusiastic presenter and producer with indefatigable energy and infectious optimism. Ilona and GetClassical have built a robust community of artists, music lovers and fans through her website, blog posts, reviews, interviews, writings, radio broadcasts, concerts and events. Keep up the great work Ilona! It as a pleasure meeting you being interviewed by you!

Adam Golka


I was honored to be featured in an interview by Ilona, for GetClassical. I genuinely enjoyed her interview style and thoughtful questions that resulted in a very individual, unique perspective of the artist, in a article to remeber. With best wishes, and hoping to collaborate again in the near future.

Sivan Magen


I would like to thank Ilona Oltuski for choosing to interview me for Get Classical, for the highly informed article she wrote about me, and for the time and energy she invested in the interview. It was a pleasure to meet a woman of such high culture, and I am continuously impressed by how far Get Classical has developed under her leadership in such a short time. I wish her success in all the upcoming adventures.

Matthew Graybil


Whether interviewing one of the today's leading artists, bolstering the carrer of a young musician or curating her cool and casual salon series, Ilona's remarkable knowledge, imagination and love of music make her one of the most unique and pertinent figures in NYC's mucical culture.

Eric Zuber

Pianist, Educator

My experience performing at GetClassical was an unforgettable one. Ilona is one of the leaders in reshaping how we view the concert experience, and the importance of this work cannot be overstated. Her vision-a cencert experience for the audience that is dynamic, personal, and intimate, all while being great fun and a learning experience-is one that I share passionately and hope to promote through my won work. Bravo Ilona! Thank s again :)

Erno Kallai


Ilona was the first in New York who featured me and my former teacher, Itzhak Perlman, together in an article. That will always remain a very special interview for me, and will never forget it. Wish you all the best with the Get Classical blog, and to continue the fantastic work you are doing.