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“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 WatermanReal Piano Music.com

CULTURAL JOURNALIST
ILONA OLTUSKI

Born in Berlin and growing up in Frankfurt, Germany, Ilona was always interested in the creative fields of dance, music and the arts. Studying Art History at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University and piano at the Hoch’sche Conservatory, founded by Clara Schumann, culture and its historic and current correlation with society were at the core of her investigative efforts for the Historic Museum and the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt. Her dissertation on the Bezalel School in Jerusalem, was published as the first publication of its kind on Jewish Art, as part of the University’s press series. After moving to New York with her husband, Ilona continued to pursue the piano, her favorite instrument, and in doing so met and befriended many pianists ranging from various levels of amateur to professional players. Through conversations with these musicians, Ilona – a passionate amateur herself – made her reentry into the writing world by sharing her experiences, quest, and lust for piano playing with the public, and composed her first articles on blogcritics.org . Soon thereafter, Ilona started her German blog, ‘Wohltemperiert aus New York,’ and began writing for Naxos Deutschland , which she still continues to do. In print, Ilona has also written for Listen Magazine, Jűdische Allgemeine Zeitung and for the German PianoNews Magazine; her article on pianist Inon Barnatan was published in a collection of articles in Staccato Verlag’s “Gespräche mit Pianisten” in 2017. Her blog was selected “as blog of the month” by Gramophone.

Since May 2012, Ilona has been producing salon-style concerts with the intention of creating a space for classical music in New York City’s nightlife. GetClassical has produced salon events at Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar and India House, Yamaha and Louis Meisel Gallery, LPR and since October 2014, a classical music series at Zinc Bar, with programmed artists and some surprise guest artists. This year brings new collaborations with the Union Arts Center to Sparkill, New York.

For 2019, Ilona was chosen as a member of the jury at two different piano competitions, the Piano School of New York City, the Tsai Performance Center Concerto Competition at Boston University and the Philadelphia based Young Pianists’ Academy. GetClassical  embarks on a new experience, partnering with the European initiative Rhapsody in School, bringing artists into the classroom and new audiences into the concert hall. GetClassical is a LLC in partnership with THE FIELD’s fiscal sponsorship for its related fund raising activities, offering Tax Deduction to interested sponsors.

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Concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu performs at the German Consulate General November 19th., 2019, at 6.30 PM                            When:   Tuesday November 19th, 2019 at 6.30 PM(concert starts at 7PM)...
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Saturday, May 4th Reception at 6.30PM - 7.00PM Concert at 7.00PM - 8.30PM at MANA Contemporary ( 888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306) Venture out to the beautiful new concert space at Mana Contemporary, where I will interview...

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Get Classical in School

Ilona Oltuski/GetClassical and the initiative GetCassical In School is supported with a full fiscal sponsorship by the Field, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organisation serving the performing arts community.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation by check, please send it to Ilona Oltuski /GetClassical 336 East 53rd Street Ap. 6, New York , NY. 10022 and your check should still be addressed to THE FIELD , purpose – Ilona Oltuski/GetClassical donation

Alternatively just make the check out to Ilona Oltuski/GetClassical and send it to the same mailing addressee. THE FIELD charges 7% of each of your donations.

Ilona Oltuski / Get Classical is a sponsored artist with The Performance Zone Inc (dba The Field), a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the performing arts community. Contributions to The Field earmarked for Ilona Oltuski / Get Classical are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Field, or for our national charities registration, contact: The Field, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 906 New York, NY 10038, phone: 212-691-6969. A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained from The Field or from the Office of Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

SHOUT OUTS FOR GETCLASSICAL IN SCHOOL

As a composer and manager at Naxos of America, I applaud Ilona Oltuski and her efforts to bring classical music to the genre’s future audience. Music education is central to what we do each and every day, and many arts organizations pay only a glancing acknowledgement of its importance. New York may boast a lot of wonderful things, but age-appropriate learning modules for the enjoyment of classical music – how it works, who are its practitioners – are largely missing...

- Sean HickeyComposer, Senior Vice-President, NAXOS OF AMERICA, INC.

I've always been convinced that everyone loves music and the earlier one is exposed to a particular genre the more chances of him/her being drawn to it later in life. Rather than forced information, GetClassical In School aims to connect people and hear about their story. I couldn't agree more with this approach and hope to be a part of the program!

- Moran KatzClarientist

I am happy to support Ilona’s initiative GetClassical In School and partake in a school encounter, bringing classical music to the next Generation and the next Generation into our concerts.

- Sivan MagenHarpist

GetClassical In School’s mission is such an important one; I am honored to be part of it and excited for our first encounter in the classroom.

- Reed TetzloffPianist

“For me, being an artist has always been, above all, about communication. Ilona’s initiative to introduce GetClassical In School is a fantastic way to bring artists exactly where they ought to be; directly in the classroom exchanging ideas with future generations. I look forward to participating in GetClassical In School whenever possible!”

- Alisa WeilersteinCellist

I salute Ilona’s initiative to introduce GetClassical In School, bringing classical music into the classroom. Sparking enthusiasm through personal encounters with charismatic performers will serve the next generation, bringing the joy of music into their lives.

- Evgeny KissinPianist

I welcome Ilona's initiative GetClassical In School and will be happy to partake when in New York. Everything for Kids!

- Amit PeledCellist, Educator

It gives me a great pleasure to support GetClassical in School. More than ever the world needs programs dedicated to development of arts and music in schools. Arts education process is universally recognized as one of the most valuable to children of all ages. I wish Ilona and GetClassical much success in this new and important endeavor.

- Philippe QuintViolinist

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ARTISTS’ SHOUT OUTS

Ilona Oltuski has devoted herself tirelessly to broadening the audience for classcal music by presenting exciting concerts in intimate, innovative New York venues. Her Get Classical series has featured established sought-after artists as well as emerging new talents. A prolific writer, she has spotlighted both prominent artists as well as anticipated stars of tomorrow in interesting interviews on her blog. lona's impeccable taste, comprehensive knowledge of music and strong contacts within the industry, has ensured success in her many endeavors....

- Edna LandauWriter, Consulting Educator, Artist Management

Among the best writers and interviewers proudly stands Ilona Oltuski. She quickly gets to the point of an interview with her musical background and inquisitive mind. At the same time she offers a special and unique angle to any article she writes. Being interviewed by her is always a comfortable and inspiring process.

- Lucille Chung and Alessio BaxPianists

My manager and I loved your article and thought it was the best we have ever read. It's on my website now.

- Yuja WangPianist

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.

- Gerard SchwarzConductor, Educator, Producer

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 devotion to musicians, her intelligent and informed writing, and her infectious enthusiasm. She is not only an ally in the arts, but also a role model.

- Natasha ChernyNatasha Cherny Founder and Co-President, The Drozdoff Society Producer, Impromptu! Classical Music Recital Series

Ilona, I was so happy with your exceptional article about Young Concert Artists.. You captured every iota of the spirit of the organization in an articulate and warm way. It is fun to come to your events too -\ off the beaten track and yet fully connected to the spirit of great music. All best Susan

- Susan WadsworthFounder, Director Young Concert Artists

We were thrilled to see Orpheus so accurately represented by GetClassical.org in Ilona’s wonderfully thorough and sensitively written blogpost. It’s rare to be interviewed by someone like Ilona—someone who comes in already intimately acquainted with the culture of Orpheus, an interviewer who “gets” what we do and whose questions come from a place of genuine curiosity about what we do—past, present and future. GetClassical.org is the perfect vehicle for the 21st century music lover and musician.

- Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Dear Ilona, This is a wonderful article. Thanks so much for putting so much thought and time into writing it. This is truly a historic collaboration and it's very nice to have someone recognize that and write about it so well. All the best, Phil

- The Emerson String Quartet
  • This beautiful initiative brings charismatic classical performers  to the classroom for an enchanting encounter - from artists for the next generation. Please join the amazing  international roster of artists #classicalmusic #performersintheclassroom #gettoknow #firstimpressions #passionformusic #artistscall
  • All in for the big picture of music - with this special guy #LarsVogt read more on GetClassical.org
  • What a powerhouse of virtuosity !
#EvgenyKissin
  • On stage interview with the artist at Mana Contemporary #KarenHakobyan #Pegasus the Orchestra , Art of the Etude
  • Wonderful encounter with Lars Vogt from trying the piano and backstage Interview to a world class performance ! Thank you Lars for everything you do for music !
  • Tonight’s endearing performance by #kiansoltani and #aaronpilsan at #weillrecitalhall - great talent in a spirited collaboration ...
  • Join me this Saturday May 4th for a life interview with pianist/composer #KarenHakobyan following his concert program #art of the etude #ManaContemporary, fantastic concert space, cocktails at 6.30 pm. Photo credit goes to #scottpollei
  • Really enjoyed this interview with #NicolasNamoradze on GetClassical.org