Staffan Scheja is Vice-Chancellor and professor of piano at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
Staffan Scheja made his debut as pianist at fourteen with conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the Swedish Radio Orchestra. After studies for Prof. Gunnar Hallhagen 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.
In 1975 he received the highest prize in the Busoni International Competition. Since then 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 with all the major Scandinavian orchestras.
He has made numerous recordings with EMI, BIS, Vanguard and LCM and has received two Swedish Grammy Awards.
In 1995 Staffan Scheja received the Royal medal ”Litteris et Artibus” for prominent artistic achievements.
Staffan Scheja is a frequent adjudicator in competitions such as Queen Elisabeth, Sendai, Clara Haskil and Stanislav Neuhaus.
He is the founder and artistic director of the Gotland Chamber Music Festival on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea and resides in Stockholm.
He is also vice chairman of the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.
The Romanian-born Mihaela Martin has achieved a reputation as one of the most outstanding virtuoso violinists of her generation. She began to study violin with her father at the age of five, and later continued with Stefan Gheorghiu, a pupil of George Enescu and David Oistrakh.
She has won numerous international competitions, beginning with Second Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow when she was nineteen, and followed by top prizes in Montreal, Sion, and Brussels. Her First Prize win at the First Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis led to a steady international career.
Mihaela Martin’s debut in Carnegie Hall was acclaimed by the press, as was her recital at the Library of Congress. She boasts a very large solo repertoire and has appeared with major orchestras and conductors of the highest distinction. She has performed with the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Salzburg Mozarteum, and Leipzig Gewandhau. She also regularly performs at chamber music festivals with a variety of partners. Ms. Martin has also made many recordings for radio, television, and discs.
Her latest CD for Naxos (of music by Khachaturian) was given an award by the magazine Pizzicato. In 2002, she formed the Michelangelo String Quartet with violinist Stephan Picard, violist Nobuko Imai, and cellist Frans Helmerson. She is currently a professor at the Cologne Musikhochschule.
Ulf Wallin is an internationally established violinist. He studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at the University of Music and Dancing Art in Vienna.
He performs as a soloist and as a chamber musician and his field of work extends through Europe, Asia and the United States. Ulf Wallin regularly performs in Berlin Philharmonie, La Scala in Milan, Wiener Musikverein and Theatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. He has played at major international festivals such as the Berliner Festwochen, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the International Festival in Lucerne, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Music Festival in Mondsee and the Marlboro Music Festival.
The contemporary music is an important part of Ulf Wallin’s artistry, and he has collaborated with composers like Anders Eliasson, Alfred Schnittke and Rodion Shchedrin. His music repertoire spans from Bach to Ligeti. His emphasis is, however, the romantic repertoire and II. Wiener Schule.
Since 1996 he is Professor at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.Ulf Wallin regularly appears on radio and television and on over 40 CD recordings for the labels BIS, Cpo, EMI and BMG.
He has received a large number of prices. In 2013 he received the prestigious Robert Schumann Prize from Zwickau City and in 2014 he was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Music.