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 gave concerts with orchestras and solo recitals and also appearing as accompanist of renowned singers and instrumentalists there. At the same time I. Scheps taught at the Moscow "P. I. Tschaikowsky" Conservatory. Since 1992 I. Scheps lives in Germany.
Besides his performances in many countries around the world he is an enthusiastic pedagogue. For many years I. Scheps was a professor at the Rostock Music University and at the Darmstadt Music Academy. Nowadays he is a professor of the Musikhochschule in Cologne/Aachen (Cologne Music University). Students of Prof. Scheps are winners 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 a visiting professor in many universities all over the world. Prof. Scheps was invited as a honour professor to give master classes in Beijing Central Conservatory as well Shanghai, Tianjin and Sichuan Conservatories of Music in China. Since more than ten years Prof. Scheps is visiting Professor in Shenzhen Arts School as well in Central Conservatory of Music Gulangyu Piano School in Xiamen. Prof.
Scheps is a jury member of some important international piano competitions in China, Norway, Germany, Spain, Italy and others. Prof. I. Scheps is a Jury-Chairman of MOZARTE (former "Prix Amadeo") International Piano Competition in Aachen (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).