Nicolas Namoradze

pianist, composer, transcriber

I had an engaging, wide-ranging conversation with Ilona that touched on many important and interesting topics, often overlooked in interview. Her perceptive questions are informed by her unique insight, knowledge and understanding. All of this came across beautifully written, in the wonderful, interesting profile she wrote. A big Thank You to GetClassical!

Filip Pogady, violinist

I had such a great time chatting with Ilona over dinner in Berlin. She is one of the warmest and funniest journalists I have ever had the pleasure of working with, without losing focus on the things that matter. Her articles are informative, entertaining and at the same time founded on a deep understanding of classical music and the it's business. I wish "GetClassical" all the very best!

Amit Peled, cellist

Dear Ilona, Thank you for making time for the interview. It was absolutely a joy to dive with you into my artistic journey and to feel so welcomed by your warmth, knowledge and personality. What I thought would be another 'casual' interview became a two hours fun and friendly discussion that magically - by you - brought out all I had to say and more, thank you, Amit

Asiya Korepanova, pianist, arranger, composer, poet, visual artist and educator

My first art exhibit in the US, a certain milestone in my career arose after I met Ilona Oltuski - one of those rare people who are able to bring together very diverse people of illustrious talents and different areas of expertise, create friendships with passionate artistic minds, recognize them in a blink of an eye and work incredibly hard to support them. While working on an insightful profile on me, she encouraged me to dig deeper and talk about my artwork in addition to my music and as a result helped me think of ways to present my visual art to a wider audience. Thank you for this special experience!

Shai Wosner

Pianist, Composer

It’s a great pleasure to speak to GetClassical, both a casual and informative source for classical music lovers! Ilona is wonderful to talk to about music and life!

Eleonor Bindman

Pianist, Transcriber, Composer

What a pleasure to be interviewed by someone with such keen insight into musician’s world! Ilona managed to uncover and distill the essential elements of my work by her sincere and intelligent questions. GetClassical is a gift to musicians and music lovers alike!

Konstantin Soukhovetski

Pianist, Designer, Entrepreneur

GetClassical is pretty much on the frontier of the emerging trend among music lovers: informal and informative, inspiring and entertaining. The casual club setting and a sense of spontaneity is what makes people return for more and more of the 'downtown' experience of music with GetClassical. It is in that same atmosphere, Ilona captures the essence of artists in her writing and introducing her performers to new audiences. And having first-rate talent seals the deal on this delightful new cultural venture in New York City.

David Finckel and Wu Han

Cellist and Pianist. Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, ArtistLed

"Heartfelt thanks to Ilona for her thoughtful writing presented from the unique perspective of a passionate music lover." - David Finckel and Wu Han

The Emerson String Quartet

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

Rob Kapilow

What makes it Great host, composer, author, radio personality

Being interviewed by Ilona was an absolute delight! What was so special about it was that it didn't even seem to be an interview at all. Simply a wonderful conversation with a deeply knowledgeable musician about ideas and thoughts that intrigued us both. I cannot remember ever having had such an in-depth interview with such a prepared, thoughtful partner--and Ilona was really a partner in the process. Her approach is unique in today's musical world, and I feel lucky to have shared time with such a thoughtful, inspiring musician. Anyone would be lucky to be interviewed by her! All best, Rob

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

We were thrilled to see Orpheus so accurately represented by 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. is the perfect vehicle for the 21st century music lover and musician.

Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner


Ilona's wholehearted dedication to the arts makes a profound impact on our performing community. through thoughtful articles, interviews, and by fostering innovative performance atmospheres, she provides artists additional platforms to communicate meaningfully with their audiences. In doing so, she facilitates a broadening of the audience for classical music, while nurturing a side of our industry that is consistently in need of further nourishment.

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 the beaten track and yet fully connected to the spirit of great music. All best Susan

Karén Hakobyan

Pianist, composer, conductor, Founder Pegasus: The Orchestra

Ilona Oltuski’s professionalism and insight in her recent column, Pegasus: The Orchestra – Cultural Incubator of Community became the lift beneath our mythical horse’s wings as the orchestra gave its New York and New Jersey premieres. We thank her for the depth and breadth of the article, in particular; for her longtime and passionate support of musical endeavor and musicians everywhere; and especially for her dedication to rising artists.

Vyacheslav Gryaznov

Pianist, composer, transcriber

Ilona’s warmth and kindness toward me were so inviting when I came to the United States last year! I am so honored and grateful that she chose to attend my recent performance in New York, and that she devoted her time and energy to an interview with me. Her questions let me know that her interest was genuine, and her journalism reflected an understanding and love both of music and of we artists who work to bring it to life.