Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts

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Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Czech: Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně; abbreviation in Czech: JAMU) is a university-level school in Brno in the Czech Republic.

The Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts is one of two academies of music and the dramatic arts in the Czech Republic. It is named after Leoš Janáček and was founded in 1947.

Following the collapse of the communist government in the 1980s, music and theatre faculties were re-established,[clarification needed] 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. The institution soon gained wide recognition.[clarification needed]

Honorary doctorates have been 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, with the most recent going to the Czech-born British playwright Tom Stoppard. JAMU has more than 500 students at its two faculties: Faculty of Theatre Arts and the Faculty of Music.

The academy organises the annual Leoš Janáček Competition. The work of students at the Faculty of Music is presented to the public in the Chamber Opera, as well as through a series of public concerts continuing throughout the academic year.

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Coordinates: 49°11′46.16″N 16°36′37.38″E / 49.1961556°N 16.6103833°E / 49.1961556; 16.6103833