GetClassical

With an unquenchable quest for excellence in classical music performance, GetClassical has built a diverse platform connecting performers and audiences within New York City’s classical music circuit. 

Enthusiasm for sharing performers’ talents through critical insights, profiling the artist’s individuality in a distinctly personal style, the GetClassical Blog offers topics that center on artist portraits and relate to performers’ concerts and habitat, including an insider’s perspective on international festivals, competitions and educational survey, as well as latest developments within the music business.

“We at Naxos speak regularly about creating a greater culture for classical music. In so many ways, Ilona Oltuski and her platform embodies that goal. From her founding of Get Classical, dedicated to discovering and promoting valid artists at important career stages, to her popular concert series and regular presence at notable concerts, she is what the art form both creates and desires: a voice that engages the community. While more concert presenters and media outlets have turned away, she is able to help ensure that the genre, and the wildly expressive piano, always has a place.”

–           Sean Hickey, composer, Senior Vice-President, NAXOS OF AMERICA, INC

Building alliances with international performers and talent agencies alike, GetClassical has further become synonymous with artist collaborations in salon-style concerts, with the intent to create a new audience base and fans for the performer. Recognizing early on the magnetism of varied spaces for the classical genre, GetClassical has produced concert events at Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar and India House, Yamaha and Louis Meisel Gallery, Le Poisson Rouge as well as a classical music series at the Zinc Bar in Manhattan’s historical Greenwich Village. 

…music has long been trickling out of traditional concert halls and into cooler, more contemporary watering holes. Hosted by the music blog Get Classical, this concert series hits a sweet spot in the art-filled Rose Bar {and other newly initiated concert venues} 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 {some of} the last installment’s couches were filled with musicians ranging from arty Juilliard students to Carnegie darling Evgeny Kissin.

      –     Harper’s Bazaar Hot List, June 2012

Tirelessly devoted to broadening the audience for classical music by presenting exciting concerts in intimate, innovative New York venues, the Get Classical series has featured established sought-after artists as well as emerging new talents. 

    –     Edna Landau, Writer, Consulting Educator, Artist Management

Many of GetClassical performances have been broadcasted by WWFM and have helped to establish an attractive artist community, which has paved the way to embark on GetClassical latest passion project; GetClassical In School – inspired by the German model Rhapsody in School – which brings charismatic performing artists into the classroom and very new audiences into the artist’s concert performances.

“I wholeheartedly support GetClassical In School’s efforts as critical in our national drive to inspire the next generation of music lovers and enthusiasts. Childhood is an age of exploration and wonder, and I can’t think of a better way to develop a child’s curiosity than a hands-on approach such as this. Bravo, and I look forward to seeing this wonderful initiative develop!”

     –     Pierre Van Der Westhuizen, Director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Awards, Artistic Advisory Board GetClassical In School.

 “It is my pleasure to endorse Ilona Oltuski’s important initiative GetClassical In School. During my many years as an educator of young talent, I have seen firsthand how terrific it is to inspire youth to build a lifetime with music. With best wishes for continued success for you and GetClassical In School.” 

–          Gary Graffman, Pianist and Pedagogue. Former Director of the Curtis Institute of Music. Pedagogical Advisory Board for GetClassical In School.

“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.

 Endorsed by some of today’s major influencers in the field, including eminent pedagogical authorities, GetClassical has forged important partnerships with New York concert series including Frank Salomon’s People’s Symphony Concerts, the Aspect Chamber Music Series and Eurasia Festival, disseminating its outreach to young international performers.

Founded by German/Israeli/American journalist and critic Ilona Oltuski in 2008, GetClassical is curated in recognition of the importance to facilitate musicians’ inherent role as an ambassador of their nations, to foster cultural understanding. 

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