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 Sir Simon Rattle, David Zinman, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sixten Ehrling, Okko Kamu among others, and with orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, the French Radio Orchestra in Paris, the NHK in Tokyo, the English Chamber Orchestra and all the major Scandinavian orchestras. For many years he lived in the US giving concerts, including ones in the Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center with the Oslo Philharmonic, and in the White House with Barbara Hendricks.
Staffan has made numerous recordings with EMI, BIS, Vanguard and LCM. He has represented Sweden 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 now resides in Stockholm, where he is a professor and head of the piano department at the Royal College of Music. Staffan is a member of the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.