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.
In 2001 he won the International Gustav Mahler Competition in Eglau, Czech Republic. In 2003 Matej embarked on his professional career tour with the North Bohemia Philharmonic of Teplice, performing in major cities across Europe to huge numbers of classical music fans, including Golden Hall in Vienna.
Matej moved to the UK (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.
Prof. Lehocky is now a keen adjudicator and also an educator of young musicians, which includes teaching piano, composition and arrangement at the helm of TVPS – his students are enjoying local, national and international acclaim.