Staffan Scheja made his debut at fourteen with Herbert Blomstedt and the Swedish Radio Orchestra. After studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm he was accepted to the Juilliard School in New York, studying with Rosina Lhevinne, Ilona Kabos and Ania Dorfmann.
After receiving the highest prize in the Busoni International Competition in 1975 he has given concerts all over the world with conductors such as sir Simon Rattle, David Zinman, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sixten Ehrling, Okko Kamu and with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the French Radio Orchestra in Paris, the NHK in Tokyo, the English Chamber orchestra and all the major Scandinavian orchestras.
He lived and concertized for many years in the US playing in Carnegie hall and the Kennedy Center with the Oslo Philharmonic and in the White House with Barbara Hendricks.
He has made numerous recordings with EMI, BIS, Vanguard ,LCM and has represented his country at state visits in 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 and resides now 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 Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.