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.

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 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.

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."

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

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!

Julian Schwarz


GetClassical promotes the exposure of today's most passionate and engaging artists in intimate, relaxed settings. Performers and pieces are afforded background and context through the sharp writing of Ilona Oltuski, and personal remarks from the stage contribute to the warm atmosphere. Having given a concert for GetClassical, I can see clearly the forshadowing of a salon renaissance.

Hilan Warshaw

Producer, Director

What Ilona Oltuski has achieved with her remarkable series is to return to the roots of solo and chamber music -presenting it in a social format that feels as intimate and communicative as the works themselves. Even before the exquisite performances begin, the senses are warmed by food, drink, an enchanting setting, and enthusiastic people in dialogue with the music, the musicians, and each other. It was a great pleasure for me to capture one of GetClassical's events for a short film, and I look forward to attending many more.

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!

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 work with pianist Yoonie Han, which reached lots of readers.

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!

Mischa Maisky


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

Richard Waterman

Real Piano

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!