Artist: Shai Wosner, Pianist

At a time in which classical music is virtually disappearing from school curriculum, GetClassical In School's aim to introduce it up close and personal to school kids and young adults is a great step toward restoring its place and enriching their lives.

Artist: Natalia Lavrova, Pianist

Artist: Arianna Körting and Robin Giesbrecht, Piano Duo

We are happy and excited to be part of GetClassical In School, a wonderful initiative, which is such an important mission for our community. Music is extremely vital for every child's education and with the seeming decline in the interest of public schools, we, as musicians, need to make it our responsibility to support the growth and development of music within every child's upbringing. We need to build a platform in New York, mirroring the already successful initiative of Rhapsody in School in Germany. Thank you for this great endeavor, Ilona!

Artist: Simone Dinnerstein, Pianist, Educator

It is so important to reach out to young people and spark their interest in the world of classical music.  I applaud Ilona for creating this wonderful platform to connect musicians with children!

Artist: Rachel Lee Priday, Violinist

I truly believe creativity is at the core of who we are, and children live in this world instinctively. GetClassical In School will inspire imaginations, bringing many young hearts and minds into direct discovery of the joy and language of music. I would be delighted to partake in Ilona’s beautiful initiative and am excited to see it develop!

Artist: Lily Maisky, Pianist

Initiating and providing access to classical music for the younger generation is absolutely essential and I am very pleased to hear that GetClassical In School is bringing this format to NYC! I personally had the occasion to work [with kids] in several schools, during my musical studies and it was a very rewarding experience. I wish Ilona much success in this endeavor and happily give my support to GetClassical In School!

Artist: Asi Matathias, Violinist

It's a great pleasure to join my friend, Ilona Oltuski in a tribute to GetClassical in School. A tribute not only to a wonderful initiative in music education, but its nobility of purpose means a great deal to me and it will always continue to remain so in the future.

Artist: Orsolya Korcsolan, Violinist

Artist: Adam Jackson, Pianist

Since my very first piano lesson, I have been fortunate to meet, work with, and be inspired by so many amazing people. They generously shared their passion for music with me. Now, thanks to Ms. Oltuski’s invitation to join her GetClassical in School initiative, I have the opportunity to share my own passion for classical music with people of my age and younger, who perhaps haven’t discovered yet its beauty.
I am immensely grateful to Ms. Oltuski for the chance to spark excitement for the classics, and to encourage younger people to listen and participate in live performances

Artist: Igor Pikayzen, Violinist, Educator

It is impossible to overestimate the importance of ensuring that we pass on the understanding, love and respect of classical music to the next generation; our very art form depends on it. I am elated that Ilona Oltuski, someone that has always championed young artists, is taking on this task and I am sure that her charisma, eloquence and years of experience in music will make this a successful and engaging venture.

Artist: Eliran Avni, Pianist, Educator

It is our responsibility as performers and lovers of classical music to bring this beautiful music to the world and share it with everyone, especially the younger generations. Thank you Ilona and GetClassical for leading the charge!

Artist: Zsolt Bognár, Pianist, Author, Host of Living The Classical Life

Ilona Oltuski's GetClassical In School is an incredible exciting initiative and is the most direct way in America today to create new music music-loving audiences and to discover new performing talent. My first exposure to great music was through a presentation in my first grade class by local musicians....years later, music is my life. GetClassical In School is the future and energy of classical music.  

Artist: Adam Golka, Pianist

It's a beautiful initiative, Ilona, congratulations and thanks for all your hard work.

Artist: Alex Weiser, Composer, Curator, Director of Public Programs of The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

As a composer, concert curator, and music educator I commend Ilona Oltuski's GetClassical In School initiative. An intimate encounter with music can be a singular and revelatory experience which should be available to all children, regardless of socio-economic backgrounds. By the same token, the chance to play for curious children can offer meaningful experiences for musicians that expand their sense of purpose with which they make music and curate concerts. There is simply no substitute for the inspiration for all parties that can stem from these kind of interactions.

Artist: Alexander Fiterstein, Clarinetist

Looks like a lovely project, Ilona. I would love to partake in GetClassical In School, bringing classical to the classroom.

Artist: Israeli Chamber Project

We believe that a quality music education is a vital part of any child's upbringing and are delighted to hear of GetClassical's initiative to bring classical music to school children across the New York metropolitan area.

Artist: Alisa Weilerstein, Cellist

“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!”

Artist: Amit Peled, Cellist

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

Artist: Artur Kaganovskiy, Violinist

“Ilona’s initiative is gravely important and most essential to furthering and inspiring potential in the young and upcoming generation of young people weather or not they will choose to take the long and beautiful journey as classical music artists. As a kid, I remember how vital the existence of being associated with some of the greatest musicians (such as Isaac Stern) was of utmost importance, inspiring me to work harder and opening up my horizons as a violinist. Having these incredible channels available as a young artist is beyond what can be thought in a classroom. Again I fully support this incredible initiative, and look forward to witnessing a great renaissance for the young generation and a newly found association with some of the greatest of artists today with our young with the leadership of GetClassical In School. This is a great chance and rare opportunity not to be missed.”

Artist: Asiya Korepanova, Pianist, Composer

I love to come to schools, and perform the same repertoire I present in concert halls on tour, to children. Kids react amazingly to the complex and colorful worlds of the music I play. I believe that in order to fall in love with classical music there should be an initial impact, something they do not expect. That is why I never prepare easy or popular pieces for my school visits. I want them to remember the feeling of the astonishment and realization they have never heard anything like this before. I am thrilled to partake in Ilona’s new initiative GetClassical In School here in New York, to reach out to the next generation and share my enthusiasm for classical music to wake these kids’ curiosity about classical music. Music is a journey, and an exciting one. These days, pop music, movies and computer games became so elaborate that in order to compete for attention artists should offer unforgettable experiences, something that would be memorable for its power, diversity and energy it brings.

Artist: Avi Avital, Mandolinist

“During my several years of participating with Rhapsody in School in Germany, I had the most meaningful encounters with young students, who were curious to learn – and hear – about my art. It’s not that young people are disinterested in classical music, it’s that someone has to inspire that initial spark, and that’s what these encounters are geared to do. Like many other musicians, I am committed to our positive role in society and believe that our engagement should not be limited to the concert performances alone but stimulate interest wherever possible. Of course, we musicians are busy all the time, but it’s so important and satisfying to reach out to the next generation – and often the kids I visited in the morning where present at the evening’s concert. Congratulations Ilona, for initiating an artist network to visit schools in New York now, with GetClassical In School. Sign me up please!”

Artist: David Kadoush, Pianist

“GetClassical In School is a wonderful initiative. Sharing, spreading the learning and joy of music in the classroom, to inspire and be inspired” All the best.

Artist: Osip Nikiforov

GetClassical in School initiative is a unique project--the kind, only few can embark on. The initiative not only brings high class performers and music to the school, it also develops and focuses on the musical communication and conversation between the performers and the audience, which is quite rare in the world of classical music nowadays. I admire Ilona for such a project and her will to revive the music education bond in the classroom.

Artist: Dorian Griner, Pianist

"I'm honoured and delighted to support this wonderful Get Classical In School project by Ilona Oltuski, as she is doing a remarkable mission for schools. Music is essential for the best education of any child on this Earth, and I think Ilona deserves much support in the future"

Artist: Eric Zuber, Pianist

I would be very happy to be involved. Quality musical education and exposure to the arts (classical music in particular) is sorely lacking in schools and yet it is so vital to a child's growth, perspective, and emotional health and well-being. I would be happy to contribute in whatever way possible to this worthy cause.

Artist: Evgeny Kissin, Pianist

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.

Artist: Gabriele Baldocci, Pianist

I enjoy very much doing projects for school already and would be happy to be a part of GetClassical In School outreach program. Looking forward to a mutual collaboration with you and GetClassical In School.

Artist: Filip Pogády, Violinist

Super, Ilona that you are doing this wonderful mission for Schools! I would love to support GetClassical In School and partake in encounters in the classroom that inspire new interest for classical music.

Artist: Julian Schwarz, Cellist

I would be glad to be included on your roster of artists for your wonderful initiative GetClassical In School. I am looking forward to partake in some of these inspirational encounters in the classroom and it's meaningful that these kids can come to our concerts, as well.

Artist: Lars Vogt, Pianist

As the founder of Rhapsody in School in Germany, I salute Ilona Oltuski’s efforts to build a similar platform, akin to our motivation, in the New York Metropolitan Area. Our charismatic performers feel compelled to convey the positive message of classical music and spark youngsters’ passion, with personal encounters in the classroom. As the founder and curator of GetClassical, Ilona Oltuski shares our vision, aiming to connect the performer with the young generation. I sincerely welcome Ilona’s initiative and hope to personally partake in some of her planned events in support of this goal, in New York. Lars Vogt, pianist, conductor and founder of Rhapsody in School in Germany.

Artist: Lise de la Salle, Pianist

I’m very happy to hear about an initiative like Rhapsody in School, happening in NYC! That’s great news  and I would really much love being part of it, yes!

Artist: Lara Downes, Pianist

Yes, of course I would love to be part of this, so yes, you can put me on the roster and keep me posted as plans progress! It's so important for artists to directly communicate with the young generation.

Artist: Matan Porat, Pianist, Composer

In a time where everyone is talking about shrinking audiences for classical music, it is refreshing to hear about such initiatives like GetClassical In School. Nothing better than inspiring the audience of tomorrow!

Artist: Marie-Claire Giraud, Singer

Music, especially classical music saved my life and I want to bring my joy and love of this music to the youth. That's why I am happy to partake in Ilona's mission of GetClassical In School, bringing passionate encounters with performing artists to the classroom.

Artist: Matthew Graybil, Pianist

I am thrilled to partake in Ilona’s  GetClassical In School mission, bringing artists to the classroom. I am happy to partake in school visits for some passionate encounters with the children, and to share my personal story for some much needed inspiration, with the next generation.

Artist: Irene Abrigo, Violinist,, Educator

As an artist and teacher, I am deeply convinced of the social responsibility of art. The impact that musical and artistic education has on the development of the personality and of the critical spirit is enormous and precious, even if still too undervalued. I am very happy and honored to support the GetClassical project and contribute to Ilona's mission to make the world a better place through music.

Artist: Moran Katz, Clarinetist

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!

Artist: Nadejda Vlaeva, Pianist

We all remember that special moment in our childhood when something awakened us, empowered us, made us feel good and opened a door in our minds and hearts. It was a gift to us and now as adults we need to pass this gift onto the next generation. I salute Ilona's initiative to expose as many school kids as possible, to the wonderful realm of classical music and I am very enthusiastic to partake in it."

Artist: Pavel Nersessian, Pianist, Educator

I am very happy to join Ilona's ideas and efforts. We still have a chance not to become the last generation which cherishes classic art. First of all, art is a great, powerful resource of pleasure, which remains always with you. Even more important is that it stays with you all life once you start enjoying it. And the best is that you can enjoy it any possible way - making it or just watching or listening it. I wish these plans of Ilona to live long and to have great success!

Artist: Reed Teztloff, Pianist

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.

Artist: Philippe Quint, Violinist

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.

Artist: Sivan Magen, Harpist

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.

Artist: Sean Hickey, Composer, Senior Vice-President, Naxos of America, Inc.

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 from all but the largest cultural institutions. And those who might benefit the most from it are those in the greatest need, especially as New York becomes less affordable for so many. To paraphrase Stravinsky, children shouldn’t be taught to respect music; they should be taught to love it.

Artist: Spencer Myer, Pianist

"As classical musicians, there is nothing more important than educating young people about this art we hold so near and dear to our hearts; to open their minds and hearts, to inspire them, and to build classical music's future audiences.  Ilona's new initiative of "GetClassical In School" is a thrilling way to bring this great music to the next generation, and I'm so excited to see where it will go and what it will build."

Artist: Vyacheslav Gryaznov, Pianist

I believe it is not only a fun experience for the kids NOW, but the project would have another outcome, which may be even more important for the future development of classical culture. The Project will educate and carefully grow our future audience and community. These young people will hopefully attend many concert venues and they help grow interest in classical music, something much needed in today’s music scene. Thanks to Ilona’s GetClassical In School the young generation will understand what it means to attend a concert, what to listen for and to experience; and it is our responsibility to make them passionate and curious about it.

Artist: Pawel Knapik, Bassist

Brava to Ilona Oltuski for her brand new inspirational initiative GetClassical In School! Time and again, it is always that first spark, that sudden inspiration, what wakes up the inner artist in all of us. I am excited to be a part of this project and looking forward to it taking its shape this coming Fall of 2019 in New York City and beyond!

Artist: Katrin Bulke, Soprano

Ilona’s mission in bringing classical music to schools resonates in every aspect with my vision. The live medium “classical music” is understudied and sometimes misunderstood and GetClassical can reach out to the youngest in our society and bring the music to the class room. Classical music is so much more then just old culture and young artist will show the excitement and make the students curious about more.

Artist: Michael Brown, pianist, composer

Artist: David Kaplan, Pianist

I am delighted to support GetClassical In School's mission of inspiring school children through performance. As a member of Carnegie Hall's affiliate ensemble, Decoda, I have performed music and taught in schools all over the world, and so I know firsthand how precious an opportunity we have to install wonder and curiosity when encountering a young audience, and how easy it is to squander that opportunity! I am eager to witness the development of this exciting project!

Artist: Nicolas Namoradze, Pianist, Composer

There are few more important things classical musicians can do than reaching out to and inspiring future generations. Ilona Oltuski's "GetClassical In School," is a fantastic chance to do just that, creating opportunities to bring our art into the classroom, engage directly with children and foster a love and appreciation of classical music. This is a truly meaningful initiative that I look forward to participating in.  

Artist: Frank Mathis, Baritone, Choral Director

As choral director of the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture's, I am looking forward to collaborate with Ilona and GetClassical In School in our shared mission, to inspire the next generation through classical music and choral singing, bringing artists to all five boroughs of NYC schools' classrooms. I am thrilled to be included in this amazing roster of artists, who have expressed their support and enthusiasm for GetClassical In School and look forward to closely working together.  

Artist: Elena Lisitsian, Pianist

GetClassical, with its founder Ilona Oltuski creates musical events that combine historical and cultural context with highly relevant musical programming. The results are unique collaborations between artists, creating beautiful and meaningful moments. It takes genuine imagination to create - and great effort to realize this multi-layered collage. I was very fortunate to participate in one of these events, and I am looking forward to contributing to Ilona's work - this time starting with the very young - again.  

Artist: Louis Schwizgebel, Pianist

I would love to be part of GetClassical In School! GetClassical is an admirable initiative with the noble goal of bringing classical music to new audiences, by making the experience more personal and engaging. The intimate setting of events, offers unique opportunities to connect musicians and audience, preserving the spirit in which classical music  was born. This human dimension brings classical music to life and ensures its relevance for generations to come.

Artist: Sandro Russo, Pianist

I support with enthusiasm GetClassical In School’s initiative to bring live classical music to the NY schools. This will not only ignite a certain desire among the youngsters to learn an instrument, but will most importantly breed a new generation of listeners.

Artist: Giora Schmidt, Violinist, Educator

When arts and music education programs are continually being cut from schools across the US, we have no choice but to rely on private funding and outreach programs to ensure our children get exposure to this invaluable component of their development. Chapeau to Ilona for spearheading the GetClassical In School initiative. I would be happy to be involved and help in any way I can.