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. Ing. MgA. Ivo Medek, Ph.D.

Rector of JAMU

First Term: 1.2.2010 - 31.1. 2014
Second Term:  1.2. 2014 - 31.1. 2018

Prof. Ing. MgA. Ivo Medek, Ph.D.Dr. Medek graduated from VUT and then from the Music Faculty of JAMU, where he studied composition. He has been teaching at JAMU since 1990. He has also taught at many universities in the USA, as well as in Portugal, Germany, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Austria, Thailand, Poland and other countries. He has written more than 50 orchestral, chamber, and electro-acustical works. Many of them have been performed at important venues in Europe, Asia, and America, e.g. Darmstadt, Warsaw Autumn, Prague Spring, Moravian Autumn, Cluj Modern, Vienna Festival Week, Audio Art Cracow, and further international festivals such as LA, Lodz, Bytom (Poland), Cork, Graz, Kiev, Lvov, Kassel, Heidelberg, Dortmund, Cologne, Dallas, Amsterdam, and Enschede. His works have been broadcast on the radio and television both in the Czech Republic and abroad. Dr. Medek is also a theoretician and the author or co-author of a series of texts which have been published as monographs or in professional journals.

He works in improvisation and the composition of multi-media works as well as in projects which activate creativity, communication, and concentration, particularly in children and teenagers by using an approach grounded in improvisation and composition. He counts many successful contemporary composers among his current or former composition students, e.g. Markéta Dvořáková, Jan Kavan, Omar Rojas Ruiz, Petr Pařízek, and others.

He is a member of the artistic committees JAMU, the Music Faculty at JAMU, Palacky University at Olomouc, HAMU (Prague) and FA OU, FAVU VUT, and Vice-chairman of the Czech Rectors' Conference. He is also a member of the research council of the Culture Ministry of the Czech Republic and a member of the board of directors of the Czech Music Council. He co-founded the contemporary music ensemble Ars Incognita, the Marijan Ensemble and the Percussion Workshop at Trstěnice, an international course for composers and percussionists. He is the main organiser of the international festival Encounter New Music Plus.


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662 15 Brno
Czech Republic

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