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 Oslzlý

Petr Oslzlý (* 26 April 1945 Konice) is a Czech dramaturg, script writer, actor, and university teacher, since February 2018 being Rector of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts Brno. 

He grew up in the Moravian town of Prostějov. Due to his background he was not admitted to any secondary school, he was a metalworker apprentice. Thanks to his good school results he was able to study at the Secondary Technical School of Mechanical Engineering in Olomouc. He continued his studies at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Brno University of Technology and in 1968 he started studying Theatre Studies and History of Art at the Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University. He graduated in 1973. 

He was one of the main persons to lead the Quidam experimental theatre. In 1972 he became the dramaturg of Divadlo Husa na provázku (Goose on a String Theatre) with whom he has been connected ever since; he worked as its artistic director in several periods. In the second half of the 1980s he organized - along with Jiří Müller and Miroslav Pospíšil – the Underground University seminars where many significant professors from Western Europe gave lectures. In 1989 Mr Oslzlý was one of the leaders of the November theatre strike and a founding member of the Civic Forum. In the period of 1990 to 1992 he worked as an Advisor for Cultural Affairs to the President of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, and a director of the Cultural Section of the Presidential Office. 

In 1993-2019 he was the director of the Centre for Experimental Theatre which includes three Brno theatres (Goose on a String, HaDivadlo, Divadlo u stolu). At the Theatre Faculty of Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts Brno he gives lectures on the world contemporary theatre, dramaturgy and creative writing, in the past also lectured at the Department of Theatre Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University. 

He was the artistic director of the International theatre festival SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER from 1993 to 2018. In 2000 he was appointed professor. He collaborated on many theatre scenarios, concepts of theatre events, contributes to domestic as well as foreign journals, he is an editor and co-editor of numerous anthologies. 

On 23 October 2018 he was elected Rector of JAMU Brno. He was appointed to the post by the President Miloš Zeman at the end of January 2018; he took up the office on 1 February 2018.


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