Housed in one of Brno’s major historical sights
Student performances held in the concert hall
Its establishment was inspired by Leoš Janáček
The Faculty of Music is part of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts (JAMU)
The building which houses the Faculty of Music is one of the prominent architectural sights in Brno and forms a permanent part of its architectural history. It was built as a German grammar school in 1860–1862 based on plans by Viennese architects Eduard van der Nüll and August Siccard von Siccardsburg that won a competition to design it. The architects were some of the leading supporters of the style of the ring road in Vienna and the style of Franz Joseph I.
Leoš Janáček, who spent most of his creatively active years in Brno, inspired the establishment of the Academy. Janáček, an important composer, had tried to establish a musical academy in the capital of Moravia. His efforts were partially successful when an organ school was founded in Brno, later becoming a conservatory. Only in 1945 was the first university of the arts established – the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Brno realized that it needed a similar institution as well, so the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno was finally founded on 12 September 1947. Today, around 700 students study at its two faculties.