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Illia Ovcharenko

Illia Ovcharenko was born in Ukraine in 2001 into a family of teachers. He began playing the piano at the age of eight in Elena Dingeko's class. At the age of twelve, he was invited to study at the most famous music school in Ukraine, the Kiev Music School in the class of Nataliia Gridneva and Andrii Lunov, where he graduated in 2018. He is now studying his bachelor's degree at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv under the direction of Arie Vardi. 

He attended master classes with Daniil Trifonov, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Milana Cherni-avskaiia, Andrea Bonnata, Rena Shereshevskaia, Murray Perahia, Fabio Bidini, Pavel Nersessi-an, Boris Bloch and Aviram Reichert, among others. He is also a scholarship holder at the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein, where he takes part in the intensive music weeks and activities of the academy. 

At the age of nine, Illia won his first competition. Since 2010, he has won more than 20 piano competitions in Ukraine, the USA, Russia, Italy, France, Poland, Israel, the Czech Republic, etc. Among other things, he won the "Michelangeli Prize" at the Eppan Piano Academy (Appiano, Italy) and the 1st prize at the "Prix du Piano Bern International Piano Competition" (Bern, Switzerland). He was the 6th prize winner at the “Busoni International Piano Competition”, won the 1st prize at the “Viseu International Piano Competition” in Portugal and the 2nd prize at the “Aspen Concerto Piano Competition” at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. In 2019, he was the absolute winner as well as the 1st prize winner of the “12. International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz” (WFIMC) with the EMCY Prize and he won the diploma at the “Paderewski International Piano Competition” in Poland. In 2018, he won the 1st prize and the special prize at the “Kyiv International Piano Competition” (KYIPC). In 2017, he was a prize winner and special prize winner at the “11. International competition for young pianists in memory of Arthur Rubinstein", winner of the "Junior Academy Eppan" in Italy and absolute winner of the "International Piano Competition Resonanzen" in Paris. He was also a laureate and winner of the special prize of the "International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz" 2016. 

Illia gave his first recital at the age of ten at the Philharmonic Center of Ukraine. At the age of eleven, he gained his first experience in playing in an orchestra. Since then, he has performed at Harris Hall, Harry Teague Pavillion and Hurst Hall. He has played with the world's leading orchestras and worked with renowned conductors such as Arie Vardi, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Ian Hobson, Mykola Diadyura, Kai Bumann, Mykola Sukach, Benoit Girault, Volodymyr Sirenko, Volodymyr Shejko, Nicolo Giuliani and Vitaly Protasov. 

He has performed at the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Festival in Tel Aviv, the Piano Campus Festival, the D'Auvers Sur Oise Music Festival as a soloist with a chamber ensemble from the Versailles Conservatory and at the Bern Interlaken Classics in Switzerland. In 2019, he performed his debut recital at the Salle Cortot in Paris, sponsored by the Animato Music Foundation. 

Illia made numerous recordings on Ukrainian radio and television and presented his first CD on National Radio of Ukraine in 2019. He receives the Leonid Kuchma Ukraine Presidential Fund Scholarship and is a member of the Vere Music Fund of Ukraine. In 2019, he received a full session grant at the Aspen Music Festival. 

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