General and History  



Abbreviation in Czech: JAMU


The Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) is one of two academies of music and the dramatic arts in the Czech Republic. It is named after Leoš Janáček, one of the most distinguished composers in modern European music, who was its spiritual father. JAMU was founded in 1947, when the many years of effort connected in the beginning with the personality of Leoš Janáček finally bore fruit. But the promising activities of the 1960s were suppressed during the years of Communist "normalization" in the 1970s and 1980s, and it was only after 1989 that JAMU could once again move forward along a well-conceived path open to the latest developments in the performing arts.

Independent  Music and Theatre Faculties were reestablished, a number of professors who had been unable to teach were brought back, young teachers were admitted to the staff, new fields of study were introduced and foreign contacts were initiated, and the institution soon gained wide recognition for its pioneering initiatives and impressive achievements. Honorary doctorates were awarded to the pianist Rudolf Firkušný (a native of Brno), the poet Ludvík Kundera, the playwright Václav Havel and the poet and actor Jiří Suchý. The promising developments initiated in the early 1990s have continued into the new millennium, and at present JAMU has more than 500 students at its two faculties.

prof. Mgr. Petr Oslzlý

Rector of JAMU

First Term: 1.2.2018 - 31.1. 2022

Prof. Mgr. Petr OslzlýPetr Oslzlý (* 26 April 1945 Konice) is a Czech theater playwright, screenwriter, actor and teacher, since February 2018 the rector of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno.

He grew up in Prostějov. Due to his background, he was not admitted to any high school, he was a metalworker. He was able to study at the Secondary School of Engineering in Olomouc thanks to his goodwill. He also studied Mechanical Faculty in Brno and from 1968 he studied theater and art history at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University. The studio ended successfully in 1973.

He was one of the protagonists of the Quidam experimental theater. Since 1972 he has been the dramaturge of the Husa na provázku Theater, with which he has been connected since then; in several seasons he was his artistic boss. In the second half of the 1980s, he organized together with Jiří Müller and Miroslav Pospíšil secret underground university seminars where lecturers from Western countries lectured. In 1989, Oslzly became one of the organizers of the November strike of theaters and a founding member of the Civic Forum. From 1990 to 1992, he served as advisor and assistant to President Vaclav Havel for Cultural Affairs and Director of the Cultural Section of his office. Since 1993 he has been director of the Center for Experimental Theater, which includes the HaDivadlo and the Divadlo u stolu theater beside the Husa na provázku theater. He has lectured in the field of contemporary world theater, dramaturgy and creative work at the JAMU Theater Faculty and in the past also in the Department of Theater Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University. Since 1995 he has been the artistic director of the International Festival of Theater Schools Meeting / Encounter. Since 1997 he has been Vice-Dean of JAMU. In 2000, he was appointed Professor. He is co-author of a number of theater scenarios, concepts of theater events, contributor of domestic and foreign magazines, editor or co-editor of many collections.

On October 23, 2017, Professor Petr Oslzlý was elected Rector of the JAMU in Brno. At the end of January 2018 President Milos Zeman was appointed for four years with effect from 1 February 2018.


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