What Scheps does is not nice or cute, it´s breathtaking (FAZ).
Olga Scheps began playing her first melodies and pieces aged five years and learned to play the piano in the same way as she did speaking, walking and reading. In 1992, her family moved from Moscow, where she was born, to Germany, Olga Scheps’s new home.
The pianist is fluent in German, Russian and English. At the age of 16, she became a young student at the Cologne Academy of Music, graduating in 2013 with a distinction. Prof. Pavel Gililov and her parents – also both pianists and piano teachers – are still important advisers to this day. Olga Scheps also gained other important musical impulses from Arie Vardi, Dmitri Bashkirov, Andrei Gavrilov and Alfred Brendel. During her studies, she held a scholarship from the German foundation Musikleben.
Olga Scheps gave some of her first concerts as part of the “Jugend Musiziert” (Youngsters Make Music) prize winners’ concert. She was then invited to perform at several concert series and festivals, such as the Rheingau Music Festival, and all of these concerts were sensational successes. Soon after, she debuted at the Ruhr Piano Festival, which she also still regularly attends and performs at.
Since 2009, Olga Scheps has been exclusively signed to Sony Classical and has recently recorded her ninth album, together with the Kuss – quartet. Her solo album, featuring works by Erik Satie, was released in may 2016 and reached the Nr. 1 in the official charts in Germany. For her album “Chopin”, Olga Scheps received the ECHO award, in the category “Young artist of the Year”. All the other albums have reached the top ten in the classical charts. Olga Scheps now lives in her adopted home of Cologne, traveling from there to classical music festivals and concert series in many different countries. She performs with worldwide leading orchestras and conductors.
Since 2013 Olga has belonged to the select circle of official „Steinway Artists“