Illia Ovcharenko

Illia is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik,Theater und Medien following his studies at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv under the tutelage of Arie Vardie.

He was awarded the numerous prizes at the International Piano Competitions, such as the:

First Prize of the Honens International Piano Competition (Calgary, Canada, 2022);

First Prize of the New York International Piano Competition (New York, USA, 2022);

Second Prize of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (Hilton Head Island, USA, 2022);

Laureate of the Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, Italy, 2021);

Laureate and the winner of the special prize of the International piano competition Vladymyr Horowitz [Intermediate group] (Kyiv, Ukraine, 2016).

He has performed with leading orchestras including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Radio of Ukraine, Versailles Conservatory String Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with prestigious conductors such as Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Arie Vardi, Ian Hobson, Mykola Diadiura, Kai Bumann, Benoit Girault, Volodymyr Sirenko, Nicolo Giuliani, Jeffrey Kahane, and Vitaly Protasov.

Ovcharenko is a frequent participant at music festivals worldwide in countries including France, Ukraine, Israel, United States, Germany, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and Italy.

He has appeared at the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Festival Auvers-sur-Oise and the Pontoise Piano Campus, and Bern Interlaken Classics, among others. As a recipient of the Polonsky Fellowship (2019, 2021), he studied at the Aspen Music Festival with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Hung Kuan Chen. Ovcharenko is a scholarship recipient from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein.

Ovcharenko is a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship of Ukraine.

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