A Ukrainian pianist triumphs at Honens International
Ukrainian pianist Illia Ovcharenko (21) has been named the winner of the Honens International Piano Competition 2022. He wins one of the biggest piano prizes in the world: 100,000 Canadian dollars (CAD) and a development program for artist worth $500,000.
Runners-up Rachel Breen (USA, 26) and Sasha Kasman Laude (USA, 27) each received runner-up prizes of $10,000.
This year’s Honens Piano jury included Michel Béroff (our choice for a best set of piano concertos by Prokofiev), Stewart Goodyear and recent BBC Music Magazine interviewed Imogen Cooper. Other members of the jury included Earl Blackburn, Katherine Chi, Ick-Choo Moon and Orli Shaham.
“Over the past two weeks, our jury and dedicated audience have experienced world-class piano playing at the highest level possible,” adds Honens Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker. “The Honens International Piano Competition has brought art, emotion, virtuosity and creativity to Calgary and the world. We extend our warmest congratulations to all pianists and our special congratulations to the 2022 Honens Prize winner, Illia Ovcharenko.
Currently studying at the Buchmann-Mehta music school in Tel Aviv under the tutelage of Arie Vardie, Illia Ovcharenko has already played with major orchestras including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Radio of Ukraine and the String Orchestra of the Versailles Conservatory.
Illia’s development program will include debut recitals in some of the world’s leading concert halls, as well as concert opportunities with leading orchestras, professional management, residencies and recordings.
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The mission of the Competition is “to identify unusual, imaginative and informed talent – an artist who is not limited to displays of virtuosity, but who is capable of making thoughtful and expressive music and who is ready for a professional career. “. “The world is in flux and as Honens continues to adapt as it moves forward in its mission, we are pleased to remain consistent and faithful in our search for the complete artist,” said Neil. Edwards, president and CEO of Honens.
Honens sees the complete artist as “an accomplished communicator and collaborator, a risk-taking explorer, a dreamer. Through performance and programming choices, he/she expresses and interprets ideas from a broad cultural context with a vivid imagination, informed and seasoned with a fascination for life outside the practice studio. The complete artist inspires the heart and engages the intellect.
Archived video recordings of the entire 2022 Honens International Piano Competition can be viewed at honens.com/livestream-2022.