Dear music lovers,

How do children become great musicians? How can highly gifted talents be encouraged even further? What else can they be taught and: what can be learned from two such talents in one lesson?

Ilya Scheps, himself a celebrated pianist, has been teaching both students and highly gifted children and young people at universities for many years. This gave rise to the idea of not only allowing the audience to hear the students’ fully prepared works, but also to accompany them for a short time during the learning process so that they can marvel at the results afterwards.

So not only can we expect a concert, but we are also very lucky to be able to look over the shoulders of two highly talented students, Sophie (10) and Alexander Wagner (15), and their teacher and experience something magical!

You can find more information about the students and their teacher below.

Saturday, 17 February 2024

17:00 h

Musikstudio & Galerie: Gabriele Paqué
Blücherstraße 14
53115 Bonn


Admission: 20,- €

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Piano Sonata op. 31 No. 2 in D minor – “The Tempest”
1. Largo – Allegro

Sergej Rachmaninov (1870–1943)
Prelude op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, op. 23

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Prelude No. 24 in D minor
from 24 Preludes, op.28

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, op. 31

Michael Jackson (1958–2009)
Arr. by Peter Bence

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Rondo Alla Turca
Mov. 3 of Sonata No. 11, K. 331

Sophie Elizabeth Wagner

Porträtfoto von Sophie Wagner

Photo: private

was born in Bonn in 2013. She started playing the piano at the age of 5. In the same year, she had her first concert debut together with her brother Alexander in the Shanghai Concert Hall in China.

Among the numerous top-class international piano competitions Sophie has won 1st prize in her age category are the 83rd and 84th Steinway Competition in Hamburg, 10th International Piano Competition in Milan, 9th C. Franck Piano Competition in Brussels, 18th International MozArte Piano Competition in Aachen, 1st International Piano Competition in Kronberg. Recently she won the 1st prize at the 30th Chopin International Piano Competition for Children in Szafrania (Poland). There she also won two special prizes – the special prize “for the greatest artistic personality” and “the Award of the Chopin stichting foundation in the character of recital in the Netherlands.”

Sophie has performed various solo concerts and duos with her brother Alexander in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, China and other countries.

Alexander William Wagner

Porträtfoto von Alexander Wagner

Photo: private

was born in Bonn in 2008. He has been playing the piano since the age of 5. He also made his solo debut with the orchestra in Shanghai.

Alexander has been awarded 1st prize several times at “Jugend musiziert” and other competitions such as the renowned Steinway Piano Competition. He has numerous concerts and performances both solo and as a duo with his sister Sophie, including at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in 2022 and Chopin Festival Netherlands in 2023.

Sophie and Alexander Wagner are taught by Prof. Ilja Scheps.

Apart from music, they are interested in singing, dancing, traveling and computer games.

Ilja Scheps

Porträtfoto von Ilja Scheps

Photo: Vadik Zibrov

The Russian pianist Ilja Scheps studied under Prof. Lev Vlassenko and Prof. Ewgeni Schenderowitsch at the famous Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he later taught himself. From 1982, he performed for ten years as a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic, appearing both as a soloist and with many prominent singers and instrumentalists. Numerous guest appearances have taken Ilja Scheps to the USA, Australia, China, Israel, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey, Hungary, among others.

Since 1992, Ilja Scheps has lived in Germany. He taught for a long time at the universities of music in Rostock and Dortmund, as well as at the Music Academy in Darmstadt. Since 2003, he has been a professor at the University of Music in Cologne/Aachen, leading numerous international masterclasses for pianists, co-founding and serving as artistic director for many years at the Paderewski Piano Academy in Bydgoszcz (Poland). Additionally, Ilja Scheps has been appointed as a visiting professor at several universities in China. Students of Prof. Scheps have won prizes at numerous piano competitions and have been signed exclusively to record companies such as “Sony” – Classic and “Universal” Records.

Prof. Ilja Scheps is a sought-after jury member at major international piano competitions such as “Top of the world” and “Grieg” Piano Competition in Norway, Shenzhen Piano Concerto Competition, and China Int. Piano Competition in Xiamen (China), Chopin Piano Competition in Darmstadt (Germany), piano competitions in Madrid and Campillos in Spain, Concours International de Piano “Orchestra’Sion” Istanbul (Turkey), “Int’l German Piano Award” in Frankfurt am Main, as well as at the Int. Piano Competition MozArte in Aachen (Germany).

Solo concerts with Ilja Scheps as well as concerts with orchestras, prominent singers, and instrumentalists are enthusiastically celebrated by audiences all over the world.

Prof. Scheps teaches at the Talent Music Academy in Brescia (Italy), the international music academy Anton Rubinstein Akademie in Düsseldorf (Germany), as well as the Beethoven Conservatory in Tegelen (Netherlands).

In addition to earlier recordings with companies such as “Melodia”, “MCA” (USA), and “Le Chant du Monde” (France), Ilja Scheps has added new CDs with companies such as “Deutsche Welle – classic”, “Coriolan” (Teldec), “EMC-Records”, and “CPO”.

We’re looking forward to your visit!

Gabriele Paqué


24.02.2024 – CONCERT: Adult students of the DTKV play a concert – An event organized by teachers of the DTKV (German Music Association)

Note on parking!
Parking spots in Bonn-Poppelsdorf, about a 10 minutes walk from the Blücherstraße!

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