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 Goffriller cello of the legendary Pablo

Amit Peled releases recording of Bach Suites (Volume I) on the Goffriller cello of Pablo Casals    (Illustration by Avi Katz)   We all love a good story told with the vivid imagination of an artist; it is even better when the story is based on life’s authentic puzzle pieces, connecting the dots to confirm an important message: that good things happen to good people.   When...

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10th Anniversary

Featured Blog Posts

Sparkill Concert Series Presents: In Celebration of a Great Artist...

SPARKILL CONCERT SERIES & GET CLASSICAL present: "In Celebration of...

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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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Upcoming Projects

“..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
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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 Waterman, Real Piano Music.com

Artists’ Shout Outs

  • 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...

  • Natasha Cherny

    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...

  • Susan Wadsworth

    Founder, Director Young Concert Artists

    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...

  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    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...

  • 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...

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