Olga Scheps began playing her first melodies and pieces aged just five years and learned to play the piano in the same was as she did speaking, walking and reading. In 1992, her family moved from Moscow 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 seventh album. This 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. Olga Scheps is a Steinway Artist.
MelodyArtists Olga Scheps
Release Date: 03/08/2019
For "Melody", pianist Olga Scheps has compiled her favorite melodies from Bach to Aphex Twin and surprises with well-known and unknown pieces from four centuries as well as first recordings by Sven Helbig, Vivan and Ketan Bhatti and Chilly Gonzales. A selection that is a discovery for classical music experts and fans of simply beautiful piano music alike. The ECHO award winner thus proves her unique position as a concert pianist: she can perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto in the Philharmonic Hall one day and play pieces by Chilly Gonzales or Erik Satie in clubs or at pop festivals the next. On Melodie, she combines both worlds, presenting melodious and little-known classical pieces by Edward Griegs, Giovanni Sgambati or Alessandro Marcellos and combining them with some of the best-known classical melodies, such as Beethoven's "Für Elise", Chopin's Nocturne, Op. 9 or Ludovico Einaudi's "Una Mattina". She complements this sound-painting program with contemporary pieces, including "Avril 14th" by electro pioneer Aphex Twin or "Armellodie" by Chilly Gonzales. Chilly Gonzales also wrote "Olga Gigue," which the Grammy winner composed especially for Olga Scheps. Composer Sven Helbig, with whom Scheps has already collaborated on the album "100% Scooter," also developed a piano version of his orchestral piece "Am Abend" exclusively for Olga Scheps. A special highlight is the arrangement of Mussorgsky's Promenade No. 1 by Berlin composers Vivan and Ketan Bhatti. The recording is part of the soundtrack to the Flying Steps' new show "Flying Pictures".