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Pianist Illia Ovcharenko returns to Hilton Head for virtuosic double bill

Illia Ovcharenko
Jean Marie Cote
Illia Ovcharenko

The 22-year-old pianist and Honens prizewinner is back in South Carolina, excited for the chance to take on two formidable piano concertos in a single program.

In this Sonatas & Soundscapes interview that aired Friday, November 10th, host Bradley Fuller speaks with 22-year-old Ukrainian pianist Illia Ovcharenko about his upcoming performance alongside the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra of Franz Liszt’s first and second piano concertos. Illia also shares about his Honens International Piano Competition win and how he’s balancing a burgeoning artistic career with concern for family and friends affected by war.

Illia last performed in South Carolina for the 2022 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, in which he received second prize. More information about his performances on Sunday, November 12th at 4pm and on Monday, November 13th at 7:30pm can be found at https://www.hhso.org/

Disclosure: The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra is a financial supporter of South Carolina Public Radio.

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Originally from Greenwood, SC, Bradley Fuller has maintained a deep interest in classical music since the age of six. With piano lessons throughout grade school and involvement in marching and concert bands on the saxophone, Bradley further developed musical abilities as well as an appreciation for the importance of arts education.