Illia Ovcharenko is named Prize Laureate of the 2022 Honens International Piano Competition

30 October 2022
By Erica Worth
The 21-year-old Ukrainian pianist wins 100,000 (CAD) and an Artist Development Program valued at a half-million dollars

Finalists Rachel Breen (United States/age 26) and Sasha Kasman Laude (United States / age 27) each received Finalist Prizes of $10,000 (CAD). Additional prizes are awarded to Ádám Balogh for the Best Performance of a Commissioned Work ($2500 CAD), and Angie Zhang for the Best Performance of a Beethoven Violin Sonata ($2500 CAD) and the Audience Choice Award ($2500 CAD).


The Competition jury for this 10th edition of Honens included Michel Béroff (France), Earl Blackburn (United States), Katherine Chi (Canada / United States), Imogen Cooper (United Kingdom), Stewart Goodyear (Canada), Ick-Choo Moon (Korea), and Orli Shaham (Israel / United States).  


“Over the past two weeks, our jury and devoted audiences have experienced world-class pianism of the highest possible level,” adds Jon Kimura Parker, Honens’ Artistic Director. “The Honens International Piano Competition has brought artistry, emotion, virtuosity, and creativity to Calgary and to the world. We offer our warmest congratulations to all of the pianists and special congratulations to the 2022 Honens Prize Laureate, Illia Ovcharenko.”


In addition to the $100,000 (CAD) prize, the Honens Prize Laureate is awarded a comprehensive three-year Artist Development Program, which includes debut recitals in some of the world’s leading concert houses, concert opportunities with leading orchestras, professional management, residencies, and recordings.

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Archived video recordings of the entire 2022 Honens International Piano Competition can be viewed at


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