Staffan Scheja made his debut at fourteen with Herbert Blomstedt and the Swedish Radio Orchestra. After studying at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm he was accepted into the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with Rosina Lhevinne, Ilona Kabos, and Ania Dorfmann. Since winning top prize in the Busoni International Competition in 1975 he has given concerts all over the world with conductors such as Simon Rattle, David Zinman, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sixten Ehrling, and Okko Kamu, with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the NHK Tokyo, the English Chamber Orchestra, and all the major Scandinavian orchestras. He spent a number of years living in the United States, where he played in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center with the Oslo Philharmonic and at the White House with Barbara Hendricks. He has made numerous recordings with EMI, BIS, Vanguard, and LCM and has represented his country during state visits to Mexico and Japan. He is the founder and artistic director of the Gotland Chamber Music festival on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. He has been awarded Sweden’s Litteris et Artibus royal medal. He now lives in Stockholm, where he is a professor and head of the piano department at the Royal College of Music. He is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music.