In the December 2022 issue of International Piano Magazine, Stephen Wigles reviews the performances of this year's Honens Competition winner Illia Ovcharenko:
[...] His Tchaikovsky Concerto No 1 was among the finest I have heard in the last 20 years – a list that includes the likes of Nikolai Lugansky, Evgeny Kissin, Yuja Wang and Daniil Trifonov. Ovcharenko was able to emphasise details that often go unnoticed or neglected. The piano’s opening D-flat major chords were majestic, not hammered, and the first movement’s extended cadenza was moonlit and poetic.
[...] The finale was heart-piercing in its eloquence.
[..] It was clear that Ovcharenko was not merely comfortable with audiences but also loved playing for them.
[...] Illia Ovcharenko now has everything he needs for a long and successful life as a pianist.