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Matej Lehocky
Piano School Principal 

Matej Lehocky Early Years
Matej Lehocky was born in Prague and started playing the piano at the age of four. He was later admitted to the prestigious Prague Conservatoire, where he studied under Professor Radomir Melmuka and gained three diplomas, one in each of piano (performance), composition and conducting.

Professional Career
Matej embarked on his professional career with the North Bohemia Philharmonic of Teplice, performing in major cities across Europe to huge numbers of classical music fans. In 2001 he won the International Gustav Mahler Competition in Eglau, Czech Republic.

A Move to UK
Matej moved to Plymouth in 2005, and soon acquired a name in the South-West for his virtuoso recitals. After relocating to Windsor in 2008, he repeated his success as a solo pianist at premier venues in the South, including several invitation-only performances at Vicars’ Hall, Windsor Castle.

In March 2010 he was awarded the Rivermusik Composition Cup for the most outstanding composition at the Marlow Music Festival; he won the gold medal in the composition category of the Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance in October 2010.

A Gift for Teaching
In 2009 Matej started teaching at Windsor Piano School, where he found his particular forté was helping students who were keen to play the piano but lacked confidence in their ability to do so.

In March 2010 he was awarded the Rivermusik Composition Cup for the most outstanding composition at the Marlow Music Festival; he won the gold medal in the composition category of the Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance in October 2010.

Success in South-West
Matej returned to Plymouth in 2011 to open Plymouth Piano School. The school quickly grew in popularity due to an outstanding achievements of Matej’s pupils at the local and regional music competitions and festivals, collecting an astonishing total of over 60 trophies over two years and setting a whole new standard of quality for piano tuition in the area. In the summer of 2012, Matej hit the nation-wide news and attracted the attention of world-wide media due to his pedagogical success with extremely young pupils, preparing them to give live performance at the school’s quarterly concerts at the age of 2.

Return to Thames Valley
Due to medical reasons, Matej relocated back to south-east to be re-united with his family in November 2013. In early 2014, Matej accepted a role in well-respected music educational establishment in West Kensington (WKMT) to work as a consultant and children learning programmes specialist and his duties included regular visits of the Buckingham Palace where he taught children of Royal staff in residence and continued giving piano-solo performances within the Windsor Castle.

Matej now wishes to repeat the success from the south-west by promoting his own ideals and visions within Thames Valley Piano School and is keen for the School to become a real asset to the people of Thames Valley.

Matej

Ingrid Valentine Gale
Piano Teacher, Early Years Programmes Specialist

Ingrid started to learn the piano at age 6, in Lithuania. She won a place at a specialist arts school for talented children where she studied until the age of 16. She then attended a Kaunas J. Gruodis Conservatorium where she gained a Piano Teacher and Accompanist Diploma.

In 1991, after discovering that there is a gap in piano teaching literature for early years learners, Ingrid developed her own teaching materials and methods for this age group and decided to study for a Degree in Child Psychology and Music at Vilnius Pedagogical University, in Lithuania. Following 2 years in a research role, she also gained a Master’s Degree in this subject.

Working as a piano teacher in various music and art schools in Lithuania, (1984 – 2000), Ingrid gained vast experience and understanding of how children learn and how to make learning fun and engaging. Under her guidance,pupils performed in various young performers competitions and gained some important awards and diplomas. Some of these students have progressed to become professional pianists.

Ingrid is a seasoned expert in early years pedagogy, whose specialty is building confidence in young learners and also enjoys helping children with special needs to enjoy world of music. As a teacher, Ingrid is passionate about assisting children to achieve the best possible performance and applying her knowledge to suit young learner’s needs individually – to maximize their learning capacity and to make learning experience rewarding and enjoyable.

Ingrid Valentine Gale - Piano Teacher, Early Years Programmes Specialist

Nadia Stevens
Piano  Teacher

Nadia began her first serious piano studies at the Kharkov Special Music School in the Ukraine, she graduated with the highest distinction from the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow and later continued her studies in London at the Royal Academy of Music.

Nadia has been teaching piano in London for a number of years coaching and guiding aspiring young pianists and preparing students for graded examinations, auditions and competitions. Nadia understands that every student is unique and special and tries to tailor piano lessons individually to their abilities. Her aim is to foster an understanding and enjoyment of music making through coaching her students to develop a creative imagination and confidence at the piano.

Following a family move to Berks she is delighted to join Matt and his dedicated music team at the Thames Valley Piano School.

Nadia-Stevens-Piano-Teacher

Irina Kurilova
Piano and Composition Teacher

Irina began her musical training at the early age of 7.
She attended the high music school of Vilnius in Lithuania graduating with a degree in Piano Performance. Also studied piano jazz at Barcelona conservatory “ Liceo”

After graduation she taught piano in Lithuania, Russia and also in Spain as the head of the piano department in philharmonic music school.

Her teaching practice is based on syntheses of Russian and Lithuanian methods of piano school. She is highly influenced by old traditions of Russian and European music schools. Her primary goal of teaching is to help students succeed in understanding music and at the same time, recognize student in individual potentials and goals, giving them the skills to perform to the best of their ability.

As a composition teacher, she teaches Classical, Jazz Composition and Song Writing starting from Harmony and Counterpoint exercises in order to develop a sense of musical form and process. Her aim is to help you develop your own ideas and style.

Irina-Kurilova

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Thames Valley Piano School,
54 Hampshire Avenue

Slough
SL1 3AQ

0800 612 2505

Opening Hours

Monday 11.00am – 9.00pm
Tuesday 11.00am – 9.00pm
Wednesday 11.00am – 9.00pm
Thursday 11.00am – 9.00pm
Friday 11.00am – 9.00pm
Saturday 09.00am – 6.00pm
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