Staffan Scheja

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Staffan Scheja
Staffan Scheja 2007-08-07 001.jpg
Scheja in 2007
Bo Staffan Scheja

(1950-04-25) 25 April 1950 (age 72)
OccupationPianist, professor
Known forStjärnorna på slottet

Bo Staffan Scheja (born 25 April 1950) is a Swedish pianist and professor.[1] Scheja started studying piano at the age of nine and made his concert debut at the age of 14 with the Sveriges Radios symfoniorkester. He also performed with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1964–1969 and 1969–1972 at the Juilliard School in New York with pianists Rosina Lhévinne, Ilona Kabos and Ania Dorfmann.[2] In 1975, he was the awardee at the international Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano. For a number of years he lived in the US and performed in concerts at Carnegie Hall and at several head of state visits by Swedish dignitaries to the US.[1]

He is a professor of piano and also prorector at the Royal College of Music since 1997 and has held a chair at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2001.[3] He founded and was artistic director for the Gotland Chamber Music Festival, held annually at Gotland since the 1980s.[4] He is also the director of the Gotland Baltic Music Academy.[5] In 2010 Scheja performed at the Pianomusik på Konstakademien, a special session at the Konstakademien in Stockholm.[6]

In 1995, he was awarded the Litteris et Artibus, and he has received several Swedish Grammis awards. In 2008, he was a participant in the Sveriges Television 2009 series Stjärnorna på slottet along with four other Swedish celebrities.[7] In the series he had a well-publicized feud with comedian Jonas Gardell when Scheja tried to teach Gardell how to play the violin.[7] In August 2010, he was presenter of an episode of the Sveriges Radio series Sommar i P1.[8]


Staffan Scheja is the father of Swedish DJ Rebecca Scheja.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Staffan Scheja piano – Aktuella artister" (in Swedish). Stockholms Konserthus. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ "SvD Accent: Konsert på Konstakademien med Staffan Scheja 14 februari" (in Swedish). Piano Visions. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Staffan Scheja vill ha fler divor". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Toppmusiker till kammarmusikfestivalen" (in Swedish). Gotland. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Staffan Scheja" (in Swedish). Västerlöfsta kyrkas musikstiftelse. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Pianoafton med Staffan Scheja" (in Swedish). Piano Visions. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Jonas Gardell efter bråket i Stjärnorna på slottet: "Jag får lätt utbrott"". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Staffan Scheja" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Maria Schottenius möter Sveriges hetaste dj-duo". DN.SE. Retrieved 17 January 2016.

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