Ilja Scheps completed his studies at the Moscow “P. I. Tschaikowsky” Conservatory under Prof. Lev Vlassenko and Prof. Evgenij Schenderowitch.
From 1982 to 1992 I. Scheps was soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society. He participated in concerts with orchestras and solo recitals and also appeared as accompanist of renowned singers and instrumentalists there. This resulted in his large repertoire, including works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Skrjabin, Prokofjeff and Tschaikowsky, as well those by Schnittke, Silvestrov and Denisov. At the same time I. Scheps taught at the Moscow “P. I. Tschaikowsky” Conservatory.
Since 1992 I.Scheps has lived in Germany. Besides his performing in many countries all around of the world he is an enthusiastic pedagogue. Many years I. Scheps was a professor at the Rostock University and at the Darmstadt Music Academy.
Now he is a professor of the Musikhochschule for music and dance in Cologne-Aachen (Cologne Music University). Students of Prof. Scheps are winner of important international piano competitions so as exclusive artists of “Sony” and “Universal” Records.
I. Scheps also conducts workshops and master classes at the international music academies and as an invited professor in many universities, he is an Artistic director of Paderewski International Piano Academy in Bydgoszcz (Poland) – the unique masterclasses for pianists playing piano concertos with a symphony orchestra.
Prof. Scheps is a jury member of international piano competitions and a chairman of “Prix Amadeo” International Piano Competition in Germany.
Ilja Scheps has recorded more than 10 CDs with “MCA” (USA); “Le Chant du Monde” (France), “Melodia” (Russia), “Coriolan/Teldec”, “Deutsche Welle”, “ECM-Records” (Germany).